Obesity Surgery

, Volume 24, Issue 10, pp 1808–1811 | Cite as

Conversional Surgery: Single-Step Conversion of Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band to Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

  • N. Al Sharqawi
  • S. Al SabahEmail author
  • A. Al Mulla
  • K. Al Anezi
  • T. Jumaa



Although some patients attain good outcomes after adjustable gastric band (LAGB), a certain quantity have experienced complications and insufficient weight loss. The objective of this study is to assess the safety and outcome of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) as a conversion surgery after a failed LAGB.


This is a retrospective analysis of 40 patients who received LSG as conversional surgery from 2009 to 2012 in Al Amiri Hospital, Kuwait. Data analyzed included percentage of excessive weight loss (EWL%), body mass index (BMI), and postoperative complications. Paired t test was utilized to evaluate total weight loss after both procedures.


Among the 40 patients that underwent conversion surgery, the mean age was 36 years old, 34 (85 %) of which were females. Follow-up for LAGB was 1 to 11 years (median, 4.5 years) and 6 months to 3 years (median, 1 year) for LSG. Mean BMI before LAGB was 44 kg/m2 (SD = 7.2) and mean weight was 117.2 kg (SD = 25.1). A percentage of 20 % achieved good outcomes and 7.5 % experienced complications and 60 % insufficient weight loss. Median EWL% achieved with LAGB was 11.5 %, and after LSG, a median EWL% of 56.9 % was recorded. After conversional surgery, a significant drop in BMI was noted with p value < 0.002.


Laparoscopic conversion from LAGB to LSG may be considered as an alternative for patients with a failed LAGB procedure. However, a longer follow-up study is required to validate the results.


Obesity Band Sleeve Revisional Kuwait Bariatric 



The authors would like to convey their humble thanks to all those who made this study possible, most notably Dr. Luqman Thalib, Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University; Mr. Jonathan D. Vaz, Dasman Institute, Ms. Reena Thomas; and Mr. Joseph Gomez, Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest in this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Al Sharqawi
    • 1
  • S. Al Sabah
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. Al Mulla
    • 1
  • K. Al Anezi
    • 1
  • T. Jumaa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryAl Amiri HospitalKuwait CityKuwait

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