Lap band slippage symptomsGastric banding, using a device such as the Lap Band®, has become a common weight loss surgery in the U.S. In this surgery, the surgeon inserts a gastric band around your stomach, which restricts the amount of food you can eat and slows down the digestive process. However, there are certain complications that can arise from this procedure, and band slippage is one of the most common ones. When the walls of the stomach slip through the band, you might experience Lap Band slippage symptoms. There are two factors that could cause the Lap Band to slip. First the number of stitches may be inadequate or they may not be in the proper place. Secondly, if you overeat on a regular basis, it can cause frequent vomiting, which can cause the Lap Band to slip.
What are the most common Lap Band slippage signs and symptoms?
If the band slips, it causes symptoms, so you’ll know something is wrong and you need immediate medical attention. First of all, when the Lap Band slips, it forms an awkward bulge, which makes your stomach look like an hourglass. In addition to that, you may also notice a significant decrease in appetite, even after the adjustment stage.
Here are some other Lap Band slippage symptoms you may experience.
- Nausea: When the band in the stomach slips, it becomes difficult for the food to pass through, making it feel like the food has been trapped in a prolapsed stomach. Furthermore, the stomach tries to rid itself of the food, making you feel sick and nauseous.
- Vomiting: When the food gets trapped in the prolapsed stomach, it is not uncommon for vomiting to occur.
- Reflux: This is an indication that the stomach acids are being regurgitated into the esophagus.
Call you doctor right away if you experience any of these Lap Band slippage symptoms. Fortunately, your surgeon can correct Lap Band slippage with another surgical procedure.