Complications of Lap Band Surgery

Lap band surgery has low surgical complications as compared to the other weight loss methods. The death rate is about 1 in about 2000 people. There is a possibility of the eroding or band slipping into the stomach and of the mechanical malfunction. The other complications include: bleeding, infection, and abdominal pain.

Lap band surgery complications are very common after having the surgery. However many of these are very minor complications and they can be alleviated by following few post operative instructions.

Lap band complications range from annoyances to the complete failure and also removal of the lap band.

Following are the complications of potential lap band treatment:

Band erosion: This is also called as band migration. This condition occurs actually when the band moves into stomach. Only treatment for this is permanent removal of band.

Band intolerance: Some people’s bodies cannot handle the band. So after completion of the surgery the band becomes an alien object in their body. The intolerance of band includes: vomiting or uncomfortable feeling all the time. For this condition permanent band removal is the only solution.

Band slippage: This condition occurs if the lower portion of the stomach slips from the band, and creates a large pouch above the band. Surgical repositioning or removing the fluid is required to set the band slippage. The symptoms include reflux and vomiting, and this can be diagnosed by having a dye and using the X-Ray to see it.

Band leak: Usually patients can tell if their gastrointestinal system has the leak, if feelings of the patients of restriction decrease with the time without the surgeon unfilling the port. To conclude that whether you have the leak, your surgeon may inject the colored fluid and then take an X-Ray to observe if any of that colored fluid is presented outside of that gastric banding system. To repair this, surgery may require.

Blood Clots: These are also called as thrombus. Obsess people have high risk of developing the blood clots after and during any type of surgery. Some blood thinners are used to prevent the blood clots. Walking periodically after having the surgery may also very effective. The symptoms of blood clot include pain or swelling in the legs and this can be diagnosed by the doctor by using an ultrasound. Blood clots would be treated by taking the prescribed blood thinners. If you left this untreated, clots may lead to the pulmonary embolism. So it is better to inform your doctor as soon as possible. Smoking may increase the risk of this condition, so if you are a smoker try to stop smoking before having the surgery. That should be not later than 2 months out.

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29. March 2012 05:48 by bariactric | Comments (0) | Permalink

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