Band-To-Sleeve Conversion with Medtronic’s New Signia Smart Stapler

Band-To-Sleeve Conversion

Band-to-sleeve conversion is becoming a more popular procedure amongst weight loss surgeons.  The gastric band, once the most popular weight loss surgery in the world, has worked well for many patients over the years. However, some patients either had issues requiring removal of their band, or perhaps didn’t achieve their weight loss goals due to the limited power of gastric banding in higher BMI patients. At JourneyLite, we have done over a thousand successful band-to-sleeve conversions and we typically find fantastic success in most patients who undergo this procedure. While it is a little more complicated than a routine gastric sleeve, in experienced hands it can be done safely and most of the time in a single operation. Take a look at this video, recorded by Dr. Trace Curry at JourneyLite Surgery Center in Cincinnati, to learn more about band-to-sleeve conversion surgery!

Gastric Band Revision

Gastric Band Revisions

At one time gastric bands were the most popular weight loss surgery across the globe.  Hundreds of thousands of these devices were implanted, and many patients had excellent results.  However some patients had issues with the device, or didn’t lose enough weight.  The good news is that there are some good options for revising gastric bands that can lead to excellent results.  Gastric bands can often be converted to gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or even the SIPS procedure.  Most of the time it can be done in a single operation, but there are times when it must be staged, first removing the band and then returning a few months later for the definitive procedure.  JourneyLite Physicians has extensive experience in revisional gastric band surgery. Explore the options below and see if one is right for you!

lap band photo


vertical sleeve gastrectomy


gastric bypass anatomy


loop duodenal switch

Band Removal With Conversion To Gastric Sleeve By Dr. Trace Curry