Lap Band Complications After Some Years

Most of people who are overweight always look for new and different techniques to get thinner or even lose some weight by controlling their appetite. Lap band, or gastric banding is one of these techniques. In the following you will have some information about one of the most common technique for weight loss.


What is Lap Band?

It is a specific device brand name. It has different sizes and models. Lap band is used for gastric banding for people who want to lose weight.

What is Lap Band Surgery?

It is also known as gastric banding or (LAGB). It is a surgical procedure that based on placing an adjustable belt around the upper portion of the stomach. Surgeons use a laparoscope to place the belt that is made of silicon. They also can tight the silicon belt by adding saline to fill the band. The band is connected to a port that is placed under the skin of the abdomen. This port is used to introduce or remove saline into the band.


Lap Band Surgery Benefits

This surgery works on restricting the size of the stomach, and therefore the amount of food it can hold. It also works on slowing the passage of food to the intestine. Thus, by doing so, gut will send signals of fullness and satiety to the brain. Therefore, the person will consume less food.

Who is Eligible for Lap Band Surgery?

It is suitable for people who have a body mass index of 40 or higher. In addition, it is eligible for people who have a body mass index of 30 or higher and have some heart diseases, diabetes or high blood pressure. This surgery is indicated only for adults, so it is never to be performed on those who are less than 18 years old.


The Complications of Lap Band Surgery

As any bariatric procedure, patients will experience some complications or side effects; such as:


*Frequent vomiting

*Esophageal reflux


*Weight regain




*Abdominal pain


Are There Any Risks for This Surgery?

Compared to other weight reduction procedures, lap band surgery has low risks. The mortality rate is about 1 in 2000. Although it is possible for the band to slip or erode into the stomach. However, there are a low possibility for these risks to occur.

How Many Years Does the lap Band Last?

Those bands are not designed to be removed. The main goal is to keep this band around your stomach forever. Thus, there is no need to remove it unless for some people who have unbearable complications. Moreover, the surgery to remove the band can be riskier than the original surgery. Thus, it is not worth the risk to have the surgery to lose weight and then remove the band once you have achieved your goal and lost weight.

When to tell that it is necessary to Remove Lap Band ?

There are some signs indicate that it is necessary to remove band. Signs are:

*Band intolerance: Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, difficulty swallowing and pain after eating.

*Band infection: Band or port infection indicates that the band may have eroded into the stomach. Therefore, it has to be removed.

*Band slippage: It occurs when the Lap band moves down the stomach and creates a bigger pouch above the band. It could be treated, but sometimes band removal is a necessity.

*Sever heartburn: If patients develop new heartburn symptoms after the procedure. When these sever symptoms do not respond to anti- acid medications, lap band removal may relieve the symptoms.

*Esophageal dysmotility: Some patients may develop esophageal dilation that associates with sever symptoms. Thus, patients with sever symptoms will need lap band removal surgery.

The Long-Term Complications of Lap Band

Most patients successfully undergo this procedure. However, the majority of people do not have good results from this procedure. It is due to its bad disadvantages and complications that may turn to be sever and unbearable after 7-10 years. Thus, a lot of people ask their doctors to remove the band in a new surgery.


Tips for New Eating Habits After Lap Band Surgery

Here are some tips that help you plan your meals and avoid some bad symptoms of lap band:

*Eat three meals a day at consistence time.

*Eat enough protein.

*include non- starchy vegetables with at least two meals.

*Eat enough fruits (one piece per day).

*Reduce eating starchy vegetables.

*Drink enough water.

*Avoid consuming alcohol.

*Do exercises.

*Most of doctors ask their patients to take a multivitamin and mineral and calcium supplement.