The Lap Band Side Effects
Most of us know about Lab Band it has been on the medical market for more than 10 years and it has been performed in many people, now it is taking a second place replace by the gastric sleeve or other surgeries the reason we are going to discuss in this blog article.
The lab band System is a long-term implantable device intended to induce weight loss in morbidly obese patients by limiting food consumption (restrictive rather than malabsorption). The device is surgically implanted, using either a laparoscopic or open procedure, to create a restricted opening (stoma) and a small gastric pouch to limit food consumption and induce early satiety.
The results are really good but not much comparing with gastric sleeve or gastric bypass and the side effects can be many the most common symptoms after Lap Band surgery are:
- 1.- Vomiting
- 2.- Dysphagia
- 3.- Post procedural pain
- 4.- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- 5.- Abdominal pain
- 6.- Nausea
- 7.- Dyspepsia
- 8.- Implant Site Pain
- 9.- Abdominal pain upper
- 10.- Constipation
- 11.- Medical device complication
- 12.- Dehydration
- 13.- Device malfunction
- 14.- Shoulder pain
If you are a patient with a previous Lap-Band procedure and you’re experiencing problems such as reflux, esophagitis, band erosion, band slippage, port site infection you may be a candidate for “revision” surgery. This means removing the Lap-band System and performing a Gastric Sleeve procedure.
Patients in this category are very concerned about regaining their already lost weight and they will greatly benefit with the gastric sleeve procedure. At this point the Gastric Sleeve will not only let them maintain their weight, but will let them continue losing more weight. It might also be a good option if patients have a problem with their lap band requiring revision, have already lost a lot of weight and don’t want a full bypass. The weight loss seems to be a little better and more rapid than the lap band (60 – 70% EWL) over two years. However there is still no long term data to support this claim.