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Question: We had a patient who, following a lap band procedure, had a dilated pouch. To treat the dilation, the surgeon removed saline through the subcutaneous port to minimize the band restriction, and put the patient on a liquid diet for two weeks. A month later, the patient returned, again with a dilated pouch. This time the surgeon laparoscopically “unbuckled” the [...]