Adjustable Gastric Band Removal

Gastric Band Removal

What You Need to Know

Gastric band surgery, also known as Adjustable Gastric Banding, is a weight loss surgery that involves the placement of an inflatable silicone band around the upper portion of the stomach. This creates a small pouch that restricts food intake and creates a feeling of fullness. Over time, however, some people may experience complications or dissatisfaction with the gastric band and opt for removal. 

Reasons for Removal

There are several reasons why a person may opt for gastric band removal, including:

  1. Ineffectiveness or Unsatisfactory results: Some people may not experience significant weight loss after gastric band surgery. Or, have lost weight initially, but regained weight again over time.  Or, experience frequent and unpleasant reflux symptoms.

  2. Complications: Some people may experience complications such as band erosion, infection, or band slippage, which can cause significant discomfort and require removal.

  3. Adjustment difficulties: Adjusting to life with a gastric band can be difficult for some people, and they may feel that the restrictions it places on their eating habits are not worth it.

The Procedure

Gastric band removal is a relatively simple procedure performed under general anaesthesia. The procedure involves the removal of the gastric band and the associated tubing and port. Dr Willingham will also remove any scar tissue that has formed around the band. The procedure typically takes between 30 minutes and an hour to complete.

Recovery and Risks

After gastric band removal, patients typically go home the same day or the next day. Recovery time is usually quick, with most people able to return to normal activities within a few days. Some patients may experience some discomfort, bloating, or nausea for a few days after the procedure, but these symptoms usually resolve on their own.

Like any surgical procedure, gastric band removal carries some risks, including bleeding, infection, and adverse reactions to anaesthesia. Patients should discuss these risks with Dr Willingham before deciding on gastric band removal.


Gastric band removal is a viable option for those not satisfied with the gastric band surgery results, are experiencing complications, or simply find the restrictions too difficult to deal with. If you are considering gastric band removal, it’s important to discuss the procedure with a qualified and experienced surgeon who can help you make an informed decision. 


The information herein is not intended as medical advice. It should be considered as a reference only, or a starting point for further discussions with Dr Willingham and his team about weight loss surgery. Please be aware that results may vary from person to person