Course Overview and Target Audience

With the increasing complexity of bariatric surgeries and patients, surgeons are seeing a rising number of revisions, reversals and conversions. This course is designed for practicing bariatric surgeons to discuss the management, techniques and technical pearls when converting Laparoscopic adjustable band to another Bariatric Surgery. The participants will also be able to interact with the faculty via panel discussion to further acquire techniques to deal with this type of surgical revision/conversion.


  • Develop methods to identify and avoid common intra-operative and post-operative complications.
  • Summarize steps to safely perform revision from Band to another Bariatric procedure.
  • Identify the indications, workup and surgical techniques for bariatric conversion from Band to another bariatric procedures.
  • Define techniques and methods to avoid and manage surgical complications.

Audience Response

Polling Survey

1:30pm Welcome & Introduction
Samuel Szomstein, MD FASMBS
1:40pm Band revision does not need any significant preop workup/Evaluation
Jeff Allen, MD
1:55pm Band revision needs an extensive preop workup/Evaluation
Emma Patterson, MD
2:10pm Band patient without insurance approval for revision/conversion , salvage is a very good option.
George Fielding, MD
2:25pm Band salvage is futile
Natan Zundel, MD FASMBS
2:40pm Revisional Surgery for failed Band/ Conversion to Sleeve Gastrectomy
Aurora Pryor, MD FASMBS
2:55pm Revisional Surgery for failed Band/ Conversion Gastric Bypass
David Provost, MD FASMBS
3:10pm Panel Discussion/Q&A
3:25pm Break
3:45pm Revisional Surgery for failed Band/ Conversion to BPD/DS
Vivek Prachand, MD
4:00pm Band conversion to another bariatric surgery is better and safer in one step
Scott Cunneen, MD FASMBS
4:15pm Band conversion to another bariatric surgery is better and safer in two steps
Bradley Schwack, MD
4:30pm Band should still be a valid surgical option for obesity
Vafa Shayani, MD
4:45pm Band should not be recommended to patients anymore as a valid option for obesity
Bipan Chand, MD
5:00pm Technical Pearls for Band revisions/conversions
Jamie Ponce, MD
5:15pm Panel Discussion/Q&A
5:30pm Adjourn