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 the 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 the site of port- usually respond to antibiotics.
  • Erosion of lap band into the 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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Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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