Dr. Carson Liu recalls which bariatric surgeries are reversible.
The LAP-BAND® procedure is reversible. So, when we take out the implanted band, the patient’s anatomy and everything is returned back to normal. The gastric bypass is technically reversible, but it does require that we reconnect the stomach and unfortunately the stomach has been cut and divided, stapled into two from the first surgery and if we put it back together those muscles, those nerves and the blood supply never go back to normal. So that emptying of that stomach pouch, the remainder of the stomach is never the same.
The other thing that we do know, at least with the gastric bypass, is that there is massive weight regain when we reverse the gastric bypasses. The bands, it’s been about 50 percent where they regain a lot of their weight back and the other 50 percent have been able to keep off most of it. Again, it’s a lot of it has to do with how well has the patient adjusted their behavior of eating and their behavior of exercise.
About Dr. Carson Liu, M.D., F.A.C.S.:
Dr. Liu received his medical degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and completed his internship, residencies and research fellowship at UCLA Medical Center. In 1998, Dr. Liu was appointed Assistant Professor of Surgery at UCLA Medical School where he continued to hone his skills in clinical practice, teaching and research. Dr. Liu has conducted extensive research and is widely published in the fields of Bariatric and gastrointestinal surgery; he is nationally recognized in his field and has lectured extensively to professional societies on these subjects. Dr. Liu is board certified in General Surgery and over the course of his career has performed more than 2600 bariatric surgeries.
Condition: Obesity, Morbid Obesity, Weight Loss, Morbidly Obese
Related Terms: StomaphyX™, Weight Loss, Bariatric Surgery, LAP-BAND®, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Gastric Sleeve, Revisional Bariatric Surgery, Nutrition, Overweight, BMI, Body Mass Index, Decreased Mobility, Comorbidities, Diabetes, Hypertension, REALIZE®, GERD, Bariatric Seminars
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Expertise: Incisionless Bariatric Surgery, REALIZE® Band, Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery, StomaphyX™, Bariatric Surgery, LAP-BAND®, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Gastric Sleeve, Revisional Bariatric Surgery, Sleeve Gastrectomy