About Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery

Gastric banding – or Lap-Band surgery – offers a less invasive alternative to the gastric bypass procedure. Instead of staples, gastric banding employs an adjustable band that fits around the top of the stomach to create a small pouch. The Lap-Band can be adjusted over time, inflated with saline to restrict the pouch and accelerate weight loss or drained to open the pouch and allow for more food intake.

Considerations

As with any surgical procedure, there may be a risk of complications, including:

• Nausea and vomiting

• Gastroesophageal reflux (regurgitation)

• Band slippage or pouch dilatation

• Stoma obstruction

• Erosion

• Esophageal dilatation or poor esophageal function

• Dehydration

• Diarrhea

• Constipation

• Heartburn

• Difficulty swallowing

• Leak in band

• Flipped port

• Infection

• Ulceration

• Gastritis

• Gastric perforation

• Death