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Adjustable Gastric Band Risks

Every surgical procedure has risks associated with the procedure. Risks are potential complications that can happen after surgery.

These complications require additional tests for evaluation and may require medications or surgery to treat. Adjustable gastric band is associated with the following risks:

  • Slippage or prolapse- this complication occurs when more of the distal stomach slips through the lapband creating a larger pouch of stomach above the band. This can crimp the stomach and cause obstruction. If the prolapse does not improve with removal of fluid from the band, you will need to return to the operating room.
  • Bleeding from internal organs or incisions- usually apparent within 24 hours of surgery, this complication requires returning to the operating room.
  • Death- this is a rare complication after lap band surgery
  • Blood clots in legs that can travel to lungs- compressive stockings, blood thinning agents and early ambulation typically prevent these complications but they can still occur and require medicine to treat.
  • Hernias in small laparoscopic incisions
  • Infections at site of port- usually respond to antibiotics
  • Erosion of lap band into stomach- this complication requires removal of the band

This list includes the risks most common for patients but is not an exhaustive list.

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What our patients are saying

“The staff and doctors at the New York Bariatric Group are amazing! They are always patient, helpful, and very understanding and pro-active with questions, problems, etc. After Lap Band surgery I feel fantastic. For the last 6 years I have not had to worry if my clothes would fit. I have been able to maintain my weight loss, and have so much more energy.”

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"Dr. Holover has a great personality, I love him, I consider him a good friend, and I recommend him to everyone. He and his staff are amazing. I thought my recovery would be worse, but it wasn’t. It was great. After a couple of days I was back on my feet and going, with three boys you don’t have time to be down. Now, my kids have to keep up with me!"

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"My results are incredible; I can go to any store and find clothes that fit, I don’t have to go to the big and tall store anymore. My family and friends say I look great, but more so are so happy about my health. Definitely go for it, it is well worth it."

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"My recovery was very easy, I started moving around pretty quick because the nurses had me up and about. Dr. Angstadt has a great bedside manner, a cheerful disposition and is very knowledgeable. He was genuinely concerned for me, he answered all of my questions and put me at ease. I couldn’t be happier, I think it is the best decision I ever made."

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"I was concerned about my health, my blood pressure, cholesterol, my mobility, my flexibility. A few friends told me about NYBG and I went to a seminar. I wanted to live a healthier life and live a long life. My recovery was great, after a week I was 100%. My doctor, Dr. Sekhar, has the best personality in the world."

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"I had a couple of friends who had bariatric surgery done by Dr. Garber a few years back and I decided to make the appointment. My favorite thing about the surgery is not being able to eat that much, eating whatever I want but in smaller portions. My results are amazing"

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