In 2008 and 2009, laparoscopic placement of adjustable gastric bands was the most popular weight loss surgery performed in the United States. Patients not surprisingly flocked to the operation on the promises of weight loss without risk and surgeons paid big bucks to become “certified” to place the bands surgically. Unfortunately, adjustable gastric bands did not live up to the initial promises and very few surgeons, including Dr. Weiner, continue to offer adjustable gastric banding in their practice.
Although very few adjustable gastric bands are being placed these days, there remain hundreds of thousands of people who still have a band in place. Dr. Weiner sees these patients frequently in his office and will work with you to determine what the band can and cannot do for you. Depending on how much weight you have lost and what type of symptoms you are having, we may be able to get you to a more comfortable place without further surgery. Sometimes we’re able to help band patients lose additional weight, while other times, it is necessary to have the band removed and often, we can perform a gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy at the same time. This is a complicated decision, and should be made after careful consideration with a surgeon like Dr. Weiner who performs revision surgery frequently.