What Should I Expect During & After the Procedure?
Patients will be placed under anesthesia during the procedure. Your surgeon You will be placed under anesthesia at the start of your procedure, at which point your surgeon will create five incisions in your stomach in order to insert the laparoscope, surgical tools, and the actual adjustable band, which is made from silicone. The band is placed atop of the stomach pouch created during your gastric bypass, and is connected to tubing and an access port to allow for adjustments.
The procedure takes an hour or less to perform, and does not require any overnight stays in the hospital.
Your new adjustable lap band tightens the gastric pouch and controls the passage of food, and therefore it works in a similar fashion to how an initial lap band would work. The difference of course is that it’s placed over your new stomach pouch.
Following your procedure, your lap band can be adjusted via the access port. Fluid can be injected in order to inflate, and tighten, the band, or can be removed to deflate, and loosen, the band.
What are the Risks of the Band Over Bypass Procedure?
All revisional procedures carry added risk of complication comparatively to an initial surgery. Additionally, Band Over Bypass has the same risks of all surgeries and all procedures involving anesthesia.
More specifically, the lap band carries a risk of infection on either the band or the access port. There’s also a risk of band slippage or erosion.
Will I Need to Follow a Diet Post Surgery?
In the first two weeks following your procedure, you will stick to an all liquids diet. You can begin incorporating soft solid foods for the next two weeks after that, and then move through a third phase with the introduction of more regular foods.
Following the right nutritional plan and lifestyle over the long term is very important to your success. That’s why we provide a comprehensive bariatric program for our patients, including education, support groups, mentors, follow-up appointments, and our convenient online store, stocked with the tailor-made foods and drinks your body needs following bariatric surgery.
How Much Does Band Over Bypass Surgery Cost in Pennsylvania?
Receiving insurance coverage for a revisional procedure such as Band Over Bypass is not as easy as receiving coverage for your initial procedure. The good news is that many providers do cover revisional bariatric surgery, as long as their specific guidelines have been met. We know this can be a complicated and daunting process, which is why we’ll provide you with assistance, and in the event you do not receive coverage, with several financing options.
I am ready to change my life, what is next?
A failed gastric bypass isn’t the end of your weight loss journey. For many, it’s only the beginning for a life-time of great weight loss success and improved health.
Call the Tristate NYBG at 800.633.8446 to see if you’re a candidate and to schedule your evaluation for Band Over Bypass surgery in Pennsylvania.