The Lap gastric band procedure is now considered not first line treatment for weight loss. There is increasing failure rates noted as the band remains; and most patients will develop a complication from it.
Lap band removal can be done laparoscopically. It involves using the same incisions as when the lap band was placed. The procedure can be done in 30 minutes and the patient can be discharged safely the next day.
However if the band is eroded or there are significant adhesions then the procedure can become more difficult; and may not be straight forward. Occasionally further surgical strategies are required including endoscopic therapies and using a separate incision in the stomach to remove the band. If there is a stomach “hole “ – fistula this may take some time to heal; and an abdominal drain may be placed.