Endoscopic Management of Eroded Bands Following Banded-Gastric Bypass (with Video)

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Banded-gastric bypass is a highly effective bariatric procedure, yet the possibility of band erosion remains a significant drawback. Surgical removal of eroded bands may be associated with significant morbidity. In this study, we assess the efficacy and safety of a solely peroral endoscopic approach for the management of eroded bands in patients with a banded-gastric bypass.

Materials and Methods

Starting January 2012, all patients with banded-gastric bypass and an eroded band were subjected to an attempt at peroral endoscopic removal using endoscopic scissors and/or argon plasma coagulation (APC), regardless of the circumference of band eroding inside the lumen.


Sixteen patients presented with eroded bands, 2 were deemed not amenable to endoscopic removal as only part of the thickness was eroded. Of the 14 patients where endoscopic attempts were performed, 12 (86%) were completely removed successfully, while 2 (14%) were cut but could not be extracted and only the intraluminal portion was trimmed. Complete resolution of symptoms occurred in 13 (93%) while in 1 patient (7%) there was partial improvement. Only one endoscopic session was performed per patient with a median time of 37.5 min per session (22–55 min). No complications were encountered.


Endoscopic removal of eroded gastric bands in patients with banded-gastric bypass is effective and safe in the majority of patients. When bands are adherent to the gastric wall, removal of the intraluminal portion of the band may lead to full or partial improvement of symptoms. Endoscopic band removal can be attempted even when a small part of band circumference has eroded.

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Shehab, H., Gawdat, K. Endoscopic Management of Eroded Bands Following Banded-Gastric Bypass (with Video). OBES SURG 27, 1804–1808 (2017) doi:10.1007/s11695-017-2548-2

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  • Obesity
  • Band erosion
  • Eroded band
  • Ring erosion
  • Gastric bypass
  • Surgery complications
  • Banded–gastric bypass
  • Endoscopic
  • Bariatric