Failed Lap Band Patient Converted to Mini Gastric Bypass
Patient explains her choice for MGB over Lap Band
This patient talks about the side effects and complications she experience after having LAP-BAND surgery. Surgeons in Europe who have "banded" for over a decade (almost universally) are starting to do gastric bypass preferentially, or as "rescue or revision" operations on their failed LAP-BAND patients. Nevertheless, LAP-BAND is an easy operation to perform, with few early complications associated with the operation itself. As such, it is very popular with surgeons starting to do bariatric surgery, and has led to sometimes absurd references to outdated and antiquated data about gastric bypass in order for those surgeons to promote the LAP-BAND. No mention is made by those surgeons of the poor weight loss results, and the more alarming long-term complications associated with LAP-BAND.
An ideal operation should accomplish two goals:
1. Provide optimal weight loss.
2. Allow for normal eating habits and lifestyle indefinitely.