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Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (LSG)—A Good Bariatric Option for Failed Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAGB): A Review of 90 Patients



Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) is one of the most frequently performed bariatric surgeries. Even with a high failure rate, revisional procedures such as re-banding or laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB) were commonly performed. Recently, conversions of LAGB to laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) were reported. We will review our experience on this conversion.


Between February 2007 and January 2012, 800 patients underwent LSG, with 90 as a revisional procedure for failed LAGB. A retrospective review of a prospectively collected database was performed. Data were collected through routine follow-up and weight loss data were also obtained through self-reporting via the Internet. Demographics, complications, and percentage of excess weight loss (%EWL) were determined.


A total of 90 patients underwent LSG as a revisional procedure, comprising of 77 women and 13 men with a mean age of 41 years (22 to 67), a mean body mass index of 42 kg/m2 (26 to 58). Among them, 15.5 % had diabetes mellitus, 35.5 % had hypertension, 20.0 % had hyperlipidemia, and 18.8 % had obstructive sleep apnea. The mean operative time was 112 min (50 to 220) and mean hospital stay was 4.2 days (1 to 180). Operative complications included 5.5 % leak and 4.4 % hemorrhage or gastric hematoma. There was no postoperative mortality. The mean postoperative %EWL was 51.8 % (n = 82), 61.3 % (n = 60), 61.6 % (n = 45), 53.0 % (n = 30), 55.3 % (n = 20), and 54.1 % (n = 10) at 6, 12, 18, 24, 36, and 48 months, respectively.


LSG after LAGB yields a positive outcome with higher complication rates than for primary LSG. We advocate this procedure as a good bariatric option for failed LAGB.

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Yazbek, T., Safa, N., Denis, R. et al. Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (LSG)—A Good Bariatric Option for Failed Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAGB): A Review of 90 Patients. OBES SURG 23, 300–305 (2013).

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  • Bariatric surgery
  • Morbid obesity
  • Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG)
  • Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB)
  • Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB)