Lap Band Revision Surgery

Babak   Moeinolmolki, MD -  - Bariatric Surgeon

Healthy Life Bariatrics

Babak Moeinolmolki, MD

Bariatric Surgeon located in Los Angeles, CA

Lap Band Revision Surgery Specialist
When it comes to Lap Band revision surgery, experience is of paramount importance. At Healthy Life Bariatric in Los Angeles, top-rated bariatric surgeon Dr. Babak Moeinolmolki, has performed countless Lap Band revision procedures, enabling patients from throughout the Los Angeles area, including Glendale and Encino, to regain health and successfully resume their weight loss journeys. We have experience with both the Realize band and Lap Band.

Lap Band Revision Surgery Q & A

by Babak Moeinolmolki, MD

What are the reasons for revision weight-loss surgery?

The majority of patients achieve excellent results with the Lap Band and other bariatric procedures. Still, on occasion weight loss is not what was expected or weight is regained. Less often, complications occur, such as slippage of a Lap Band or stomach stables that pop. Having performed literally thousands of bariatric surgeries, Dr. Moeinolmolki is experienced in addressing all of these problems with the appropriate revision procedure.

What is considered unsuccessful weight loss?

While the definition varies, in general a surgical procedure is considered unsuccessful if the patient’s weight loss is less than 25% to 30% of his or her excess weight. By most accounts, total success is considered loss of 50% or more of a patient’s excess weight.

What type of revision surgeries are available?

Depending on the case, a Lap Band may be simply removed. Other times Dr. Moeinolmolki may recommend removal followed by replacement with a new Lap Band or another bariatric procedure. Possible revisions include:

  • Replacing the original Lap Band with a new one.


  • Duodenal switch after a Lap Band procedure. Duodenal switch is a complex, multipart surgery that involves removing about 80% of the stomach, as well as, a small part of the small intestine.


  • Restoring a stomach pouch to its original post gastric bypass surgery size.


  • Gastric bypass after a lap band procedure.


  • Gastric sleeve surgery after a lap band procedure.


  • Insertion of a lap band after bypass surgery.


What kind of results can I expect from revision surgery?

Individual cases differ, however, in the hands of an expert surgeon like Dr. Moeinolmolki weight loss can be dramatic. For example, patients who undergo gastric sleeve surgery following a previous lap band procedure can lose up to 70% of their excess weight. As with bariatric surgery, to insure permanent weight loss patients must adhere to a healthy diet and exercise program.  The result varies but we generally revision surgery is very effort dependent.  The harder you work the better results you achieve.  


Will my insurance cover revision weight-loss surgery?


Policies differ. However, insurance usually covers revision surgery similarly to the original surgery, if the revision surgery is deemed medically necessary.   If the surgery is not covered we provide special financing through our partner Loan company towards surgery.

What type of preoperative studies and information is required for initial evaluation?

It would be very helpful to have your initial operative report form your original surgery and your basic follow-up notes with your original doctor.   We typically recommend both an upper gastrointestinal study and upper endoscopy to make sure your band has not eroded inside your stomach.  We will also order basic blood work and Chest X-ray.  We also require a repeat psychiatric evaluation to make sure anxiety and depression is well controlled and managed.  Depression and anxiety can have a deleterious effect on your weight loss Journey.

How long post-Lap Band ( gastric Banding ) surgery do I need to see a doctor for failed weight loss?

If you have not lost enough weight 2 years post your band surgery, you need to see a doctor for reevaluation.  It is essential to be followed closely.  Studies show patients who are followed closely by their doctor have the best results.     Sometimes we are able to revive your lap band weight loss by appropriate adjustment protocol.   Weight loss medication can also be used effectively to revive the band but it needs to be done under the care of a physician who can adjust your band and makes sure there are no other problems related to the band that is hindering your weight loss efforts.

Important consideration and the urgent need for reevaluation after gastric band, lap band placement;  Includes recurrent acid reflux, frequent cough especially during the night.  Food impaction in your band and associated excessive salivary production often called slimming.    If you are having food impaction more than 1 time per week your band is too tight and or you are not following dietary guidelines.  This will result in Lap Band slippage which is a medical emergency.   ( Please insert a picture of Lap Band Slippage).  Early intervention is important to avoid necrosis of the stomach and repositioning of the Lap Band.



*Individual results may vary


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