The Gastric Sleeve is a very different weight loss operation than the Lap-Band. There is no follow up maintenance as there is with the Lap-Band. Some people have had their bodies reject the Lap-Band, and while that is rare, Gastric Sleeve is often a viable weight loss surgery option.
Lap-band to Gastric Sleeve surgery
Patients who have problems tolerating the Lap-Band can select to have an alternate surgery, like the Gastric Sleeve. If the Lap-Band needs to be removed, your surgeon can replace it with the Gastric Sleeve during the same procedure. In the event of a Lap-Band slippage, your surgeon would likely wait a couple of months before performing another weight loss surgery.