Gastric banding risks include: Lap band leaking, Lap band erosion, Lap band slippage, Tubing-related complications such as port disconnection or tubing kinking, Esophageal spasm, Inflammation of the esophagus or stomach, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Infection of port site
While dietary supplements and diet crazes come and go, it looks like the gastric banding is here to stay. At least until numerous and ongoing reports of complications are reported and recorded and there is some major recall.
The good news is that gastric lap band surgery can help morbidly obese person drop weight quickly but the risks of gastric banding should not be downplayed or ignored.
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding is often called gastric banding, lap banding, or LAP-BAND(TM) surgery. Laparoscopic gastric banding is the second most common weight loss surgery, after gastric bypass surgery. Around 250,000 LAP-BAND procedures have been performed worldwide.
Lap banding surgery involves:
Using laparoscopic tools, the surgeon places an adjustable silicone band around the upper part of the stomach. Squeezed by the silicone band, the stomach becomes a pouch with about an inch-wide outlet. After banding, the stomach can only hold about an ounce of food.
A plastic tube runs from the silicone band to a device just under the skin. Saline (sterile salt water) can be injected or removed through the skin, flowing into or out of the silicone band which allows for the band to be tightened or loosened as needed. Tightening or loosening the lap band can reduce side effects and improve weight loss.
Have you or a loved one experienced serious complications from lap banding surgery? Do you live in New Jersey or Pennsylvania? You are not alone. Laparoscopic gastric banding is not without risks. Find out if you have a medical malpractice lawsuit. Contact Anapol Schwartz for your free and private consultation.