Signs of Complications with Your Lap Band

Lap band bariatric surgery was once a highly popular treatment for weight loss. However, in recent years, a number of complications have arisen in connection with this procedure. If you’ve undergone lap band bariatric surgery in Houston, then see a doctor if you experience any of the following warning signs: lap - band

Digestive Issues

Among the most common complications to develop as a result of lap band, also called gastric band, surgery are those related to digestion. A few symptoms to watch for include regurgitation, acid reflux, nausea, vomiting, constipation, and abdominal pain. See your bariatric specialist for an evaluation if you are experiencing any of these signs that something could be wrong with your gastric band.

Affected Results

A complication that patients sometimes run into with lap band surgery is a lack or loss of results. If you were able to lose weight with this treatment but are now beginning to gain it back, consider seeing a bariatric specialist for an evaluation. Similarly, if you haven’t seen a significant amount of weight loss after undergoing lap band treatment, then there are several options available for you to consider. Talk to your bariatric doctor about what you can do about poor gastric band results.

Band Problems

It’s possible for lap bands to slip or cause injury to a patient over time. These complications can each lead to serious problems, so it’s important to quickly address any related symptoms that you develop. Visit a bariatric doctor if you experience discomfort, chest or abdominal pain, or coughing.

Band Erosion

In some cases, the lap band will begin to erode into the stomach, which means that it will no longer restrict how much food the person can eat, resulting in increased hunger and weight gain. and in many cases infection and even worse complications. In addition to weight gain and increased appetite, you may experience a skin infection or abscess at the port site. or abdominal pain. If you notice any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately.

Gastric Band patients should always be under medical care with frequent visits and evaluation as needed, not only to help with weight loss, but also to avoid and treat any possible complications.

Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles and videos. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.

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