Robot-assisted gastric band removal
Epublication WebSurg.com, Jun 2015;15(06). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en4469
Adjustable gastric banding (AGB) is one of the surgical treatment modalities for morbid obesity. Over the years, popularity for this treatment increased. It has been by far the most performed bariatric procedure for years in Europe and in the United States. Many gastric band removals are linked to complications and weight loss failure, indicating a new bariatric procedure for some of the patients. Complications after AGB are not uncommon and consist mainly of gastroesophageal reflux disease, pouch dilatation, slippage of the band, and intragastric migration. The failure of the gastric band is multifactorial. Gastric band removal does not preclude a new bariatric procedure (the most common procedure performed in our department is Roux en-Y gastric bypass), which is feasible in the same operative time but the 2-step approach is suitable. The new bariatric procedure offers adequate surgical outcomes and satisfactory results in terms of weight loss.