Most patients experienced at least one side effect. Common side effects include nausea and vomiting, heartburn, abdominal pain, and slippage of the band. The most serious side effects required either another operation or hospitalization.
Because of the LAP-BAND design, it can be tempting to ‘cheat’ on your diet. Foods like chocolate or ice cream are easy to eat with the band, so it is important that patients commit to the eating changes that need to go with the surgery in order for it to be successful. It is also possible for food to get stuck, if you take bites that are too big or do not chew your food very carefully. This can be uncomfortable and potentially dangerous. Patients must be mindful of eating carefully with the band.
Most patients experience at least one side effect when they have a LAP-BAND. Common side effects include nausea and vomiting, heartburn, and abdominal pain. Some side effects are managed in follow up visits, but the most serious side effects require either another operation or hospitalization. There are risks to the gastric band, just like there are with any surgical procedure. These risks include prolapse, pouch dilatation, band erosion, and infection of the band, or port leak.
WHEN SHOULD IT NOT BE USED?
An adjustable band procedure should not be used for people who are poor candidates for weight loss surgery, have certain stomach or intestinal disorders, have an infection, have to take aspirin frequently, or are addicted to alcohol or drugs. It should not be used on patients who are not able or willing to follow the rules for eating and exercise that are recommended by the doctor after surgery.
Is Lap Band Surgery Right for Me?