Risks of Lap Band Surgery

Every surgery has risks, and weight loss surgery is no different. While the LAP-BAND® System is less invasive than other surgical weight loss procedures, it’s important to note: all surgical procedures have risks. Therefore, before you decide on any procedure, it’s important to know what the risks are. You are encouraged to call our offices to discuss in detail with Dr. Simpson or his staff about the risks and complications that might arise during a LAP-BAND® System procedure.

The operation itself is minimally invasive. The idea is to place the lapband around the very upper part of the stomach. There is no cutting of the stomach, there’s no stapling of the stomach, there’s no rejoining bowel-to-bowel. It’s a very straightforward positioning of the band in a very precise place, just at the top of the stomach.

(The following safety information is provided by Allergan)

Important LAP-BAND® System Safety Information

Indications: The LAP-BAND® System is indicated for weight reduction for patients with obesity, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40 kg/m2 or a BMI of at least 30 kg/m2 with one or more obesity related comorbid conditions.

Contraindications: The LAP-BAND® System is not recommended for non-adult patients, patients with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or increase the risk of poor results (e.g., inflammatory or cardiopulmonary diseases, GI conditions, symptoms or family history of autoimmune disease, cirrhosis), who are unwilling or unable to comply with the required dietary restrictions, who have alcohol or drug addictions, or who currently are or may be pregnant.

Warnings: The LAP-BAND® System is a long-term implant. Explant and replacement surgery may be required. Patients who become pregnant or severely ill, or who require more extensive nutrition may require deflation of their bands. Anti-inflammatory agents, such as aspirin, should be used with caution and may contribute to an increased risk of band erosion.

Adverse Events: Placement of the LAP-BAND® System is major surgery and, as with any surgery, death can occur. Possible complications include the risks associated with the medications and methods used during surgery, the risks associated with any surgical procedure, and the patient’s ability to tolerate a foreign object implanted in the body.

Band slippage, erosion and deflation, reflux, obstruction of the stomach, dilation of the esophagus, infection, or nausea and vomiting may occur. Reoperation may be required.

Rapid weight loss may result in complications that may require additional surgery. Deflation of the band may alleviate excessively rapid weight loss or esophageal dilation.

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If you have questions or concerns, you are encouraged to contact Dr. Simpson and his support staff. Our office is committed to providing education and information to our patients, and prospective patients. Call 602-234-SLIM.