Can a Lap Band be removed if I reach my target goal?
Is the Lap Band Reversible?
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A Benefit of the Lap-Band - Reversible
Yes, the Lap-Band is reversible. However, the Lap-Band should be considered a permanent implant. Only in the rare instance where there is a problem with the band would removal be necessary. Removing the Lap-Band will restore the stomach to its original form and function and the patient would be at risk of regaining the weight that had been lost.
Lap Band is reversible
The band is easily reversible, which gives the band an advantage over the sleeve gastrectomy or the roux-en-y gastric bypass. However, when the target weight is reached, the band is not removed. If the band is removed for any reason, the patient will lose the restriction that the band gives them and the patient will usually gain the weight back.
Removal of the Lapband
The adjustable gastric band is meant to stay in place for the rest of your life. If it is removed, most patients invariably regain the lost weight rapidly. Reasons to remove the band include slippage, erosion, esophageal dilation, or failure to lose weight. If you reach your goal with the band, be happy and leave it as is.
Mark Pleatman MD
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Is the lap band reversible?
The lap band is reversible in the sense that it can be removed via laparoscopic technique and the anatomy remains the same unlike the gastric sleeve procedure for example where a portion of the stomach is removed.
Removal of Lap-Band
A nice feature of the Lap-Band is that it is reversible. We recommend leaving the Lap-Band in forever because like any other diet, if you remove the band you will most likely gain back the weight.