Surgical Endoscopy

, Volume 21, Issue 8, pp 1388–1392 | Cite as

Laparoscopic revision from LAP-BAND® to gastric bypass

  • Hadar Spivak
  • Oscar R. Beltran
  • Plamen Slavchev
  • Erik B. Wilson
SAGES 2006 Oral/Original Article



While the majority of patients achieve good outcomes with the LAP-BAND®, there is a subset of patients who experience complications or fail to lose sufficient weight after the banding procedure. This study examines the feasibility and outcome of performing laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGBP) as a single-step revision surgery after a failed LAP-BAND procedure.


In the past five years we have performed more than 1400 LAP-BAND procedures. We laparoscopically converted 33 (30 females) of these patients (mean age = 43.8 years) from LAP-BAND to RYGBP because of inadequate weight loss and/or complications. Key steps in the revision procedures were (1) identification and release of the band capsule; (2) careful dissection of the gastrogastric sutures; (3) creation of a small gastric pouch; and (4) Roux-en-Y anterior colic anterior gastric pouch-jejunum anastomosis. Revisions took place at a mean 28.2 months (range = 11–46; SD = 11.3) after the original gastric banding. Change in body mass index (BMI) between pre- and postrevision was evaluated with paired t tests.


Among the 33 patients who would undergo revision surgery, the mean BMI before the LAP-BAND procedure was 45.7 kg/m2 (range = 39.9–53.0; SD = 3.4) and the mean weight was 126 kg (range = 99–155; SD = 17). The lowest BMI achieved by this group with the LAP-BAND before revision was 39.7 kg/m2 (range = 30–49.2; SD = 4.9); however, the mean BMI at the time of revision was 42.8 kg/m2 (range = 33.1–50; SD = 4.8). The mean revision operative time was 105 min (range = 85–175), and the mean hospital stay was 2.8 days (range = 1–10). Complications included one patient who underwent open reoperation and splenectomy for a bleeding spleen and one patient who required repair of an internal hernia. After conversion to RYGBP, mean BMI decreased to 33.9 kg/m2 at 6 months (p < 0.001) and 30.7 kg/m2 (range = 22–39.6; SD = 5.3) at 12 months or more of followup (average = 15.7 months; p < 0.0001).


Laparoscopic conversion from LAP-BAND to RYGBP is safe and can be an alternative for patients who failed the LAP-BAND procedure. However, revision surgery is technically challenging and should be performed only by surgeons who have completed the learning curve for laparoscopic RYGBP.


Bariatric Laparoscopic Gastric bypass Revision Conversion LAP-BAND 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hadar Spivak
    • 1
  • Oscar R. Beltran
    • 1
  • Plamen Slavchev
    • 1
  • Erik B. Wilson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryPark-Plaza HospitalHoustonUSA

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