Lap band problemsAdjustable gastric banding, as with the Lap-Band®, is a popular choice in weight loss surgery. Adjustable gastric banding is a type of restrictive weight loss surgery, which means that it helps you lose weight by restricting how much food you eat. As part of this bariatric surgery, your surgeon will place a gastric band made of silicone (the Lap-Band) around the upper part of your stomach. This band is adjustable: after the procedure is complete and the incision has healed, the surgeon will inject saline solution to tighten the band. Similarly, the Lap-Band maybe loosened or deflated by removing some of the saline solution. The Lap-Band reduces the size of the stomach considerably. As a result, you feel satiated after consuming very little food.
The gastric Lap-Band procedure is beneficial for individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 and above who have obesity related diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular problems. The procedure may also benefit morbidly obese individuals who find day-to-day activities challenging. However, Lap-Band procedure may not be right for everyone. Individuals with existing health conditions such as gastrointestinal problems or inflammatory diseases may face Lap-Band problems. If you suffer from pre-existing heart or lung conditions, it may disqualify you from having a Lap-Band procedure. Talk to your doctor about Lap-Band problems and side effects.
Side effects of Lap-Band procedure. Some Lap-Band problems you may notice immediately after surgery (as your stomach gets used to the reduced size and shape) include nausea, vomiting, stomach ulcers, and gastritis. Other common side effects of gastric Lap-Band include dehydration, slow bowel movement and resulting constipation, heartburn, or acid reflux disease. The reduced stomach size may also lead to Lap-Band problems such as bloating, gas, and difficulty in swallowing food. If your surgeon performs the Lap-Band procedure laparoscopically, and the gastric band inserted through the stomach and esophagus, you may experience discomfort or pain for a few days after the surgery.
Risks and complications. Like all bariatric surgery, anesthesia complications may add to gastric Lap-Band problems. Regarding the procedure itself, there are Lap-Band problems that may occur and you should be aware of the risks and complications involved. Bleeding and infection sometimes occur . You’ll want to seek immediate medical attention if you notice that your incision is bleeding or there is blood in your urine or stools. Although uncommon, the gastric band may slip due to vomiting, erode the stomach tissue if it is inflated too tight, or even suffer leakage due to puncture or deflation of the band.
Also, if you don’t follow the specific Lap-Band diet and don’t live a healthy lifestyle (with regular exercise), it is possible to increase the size of the stomach pouch again, rendering the procedure useless.