Gastric Band To Gastric Sleeve

A gastric band could help you lose weight, but in some cases it loses its effectiveness or causes problems after a while. In these circumstances, it can be converted to another type of weight loss procedure.

Gastric Band To Gastric Sleeve

A gastric band could help you lose weight, but in some cases it loses its effectiveness or causes problems after a while. In these circumstances, it can be converted to another type of weight loss procedure.

Key Points

Surgery at a Glance

Procedure Time:

2 - 3 hours

Hospital Stay:

1 night

Light Exercise:

6 weeks

Fully Recovered:

6 weeks

Procedure Time:

2 - 3 hours

Hospital Stay:

1 night

Light Exercise:

6 weeks

Fully Recovered:

6 weeks

Gastric Band To Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Detail

A gastric band could help you lose weight, but in some cases it loses its effectiveness or causes problems after a while. In these circumstances, it can be converted to another type of weight loss procedure. 

A gastric band to gastric sleeve conversion could help you achieve the weight loss that you weren’t able to with gastric band. It could also help alleviate symptoms such as band slippage or heartburn caused by the gastric band. 

  • Could help you achieve the weight loss results you’ve been aiming for 
  • Can resolve issues caused by the gastric band, such as erosion and slippage 
  • Can eliminate symptoms associated with gastric band, such as heartburn and nausea 
  • Removing the band can stop pain in the port site 
  • Removes the need for band adjustments every few months 
  • Infection 
  • Nausea 
  • Bleeding 
  • Vomiting 
  • Constipation 
  • Increased risk of complications due to the presence of scar tissue 

You’ll be given general anaesthetic for your gastric band to sleeve surgery, meaning that you’ll be asleep throughout the procedure. 

Your surgeon will begin by making small incisions in your abdomen to remove the gastric band and its port. Once the band has been removed, they will move on to the gastric sleeve part of the operation. 

To perform the gastric sleeve, they will remove a large portion of your stomach to reduce its capacity for food. Next, they’ll shape what’s left of your stomach into a ‘sleeve’ shape. To complete the surgery, they will close the incisions and you’ll be taken to the recovery room to come around from the anaesthetic. 

If you’ve had a gastric band for a while and find that it’s causing you discomfort, or if you haven’t achieved the weight loss you’d hoped for, you might consider converting it to a gastric sleeve. 

Gastric sleeve surgery could result in a more significant and sustainable weight loss for you, although it depends on how successful you are at following your post-surgery diet and exercise. 

After your gastric band to sleeve surgery, you’ll need to take at least 1 week off from work, although this might be more if your job is particularly physical. 

For the first few days, you’ll feel a bit swollen and uncomfortable. Suitable painkillers should help with this, as well as following your surgeon’s aftercare advice. 

We’ll give you detailed instructions on what you should eat and what to avoid following your surgery. The post-surgery diet will consist of liquids-only for the first 2 weeks before you can move onto soft and pureed food before eventually reintroducing solids. 

It can take up to 6 weeks for you to get back to your normal routine and start incorporating vigorous exercise into your lifestyle. 

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Your Journey

Step 1

Our surgeon assistant will guide you to a suitable surgeon for a video discussion. Should you choose to move forward, we will arrange a pre-surgery meeting, depending on your medical history.

Step 2

Being in good health is vital for surgery. We’ll arrange a pre-surgery check with our nurses to ensure you’re ready and right for the procedure.

Step 3

On your surgery day at SUR, we’ll ensure your comfort as we prepare. Your procedure will occur in a theatre or clinical room, based on its type. Afterwards, you’ll rest in a recovery area or room. Once you’re recovering well, you can head home.

Step 4

At SUR, we prioritise outstanding aftercare. After your procedure, we’ll support you throughout. We’ll schedule check-ins to track your recovery, and our surgical assistant is on hand for any post-operative guidance.

Our surgeon assistant will guide you to a suitable surgeon for a video discussion. Should you choose to move forward, we will arrange a pre-surgery meeting, depending on your medical history.

Being in good health is vital for surgery. We’ll arrange a pre-surgery check with our nurses to ensure you’re ready and right for the procedure.

On your surgery day at SUR, we’ll ensure your comfort as we prepare. Your procedure will occur in a theatre or clinical room, based on its type. Afterwards, you’ll rest in a recovery area or room. Once you’re recovering well, you can head home.

At SUR, we prioritise outstanding aftercare. After your procedure, we’ll support you throughout. We’ll schedule check-ins to track your recovery, and our surgical assistant is on hand for any post-operative guidance.

Gastric Band To Gastric Sleeve FAQ's

This procedure is considered to be permanent as it removes a large portion of your stomach. It should mean that you’re able to reach your weight loss goals and keep the excess weight off, provided you stick to your healthy post-surgery lifestyle. 

When you meet with your dedicated nutritional expert, they’ll explain the post-surgery diet to you in detail. They will also help you come up with your own personalised diet plan to follow in the weeks after your surgery to ensure that you get the nutrients you need. 

Typically, the gastric sleeve post-surgery diet lasts around 4 weeks and progresses from liquids to pureed and soft food before you can eat solids again. 

There are variations of the gastric sleeve procedure, including partial and total. Total gastrectomy is the type that is used for weight loss surgery, removing most of your stomach. Partial gastrectomy removes only a small section of your stomach. 

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