Risks of Lap Band Surgery

When you are considering lap band for weight loss, you must realize that though it is a widely prescribed solution to obesity, it is still a surgical procedure and therefore has risks.

I’m not saying this to scare you away, but to make you aware. As the major risks of this procedure go, they are significantly less than other weight loss surgeries.

Common Risks

Some of the common risks have to do with the alteration of the stomach pouch isolated above the band. In some cases this pouch can enlarge due to stretching of the stomach or slippage of the lap band.

Other possible risks and complications include:

  • Band leakage
  • Reflux or vomiting
  • Erosion of band into stomach
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Enlargement of stomach pouch or band slippage
  • Dehydration
  • No weight loss
  • Blockage of stomach outlet
  • Gas bloat
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Ulceration
  • Weight regain
  • Gastritis
  • In extremely rare cases, death

Before getting too concerned about some of these risks, we need to temper them with some of the risks you already run because you are overweight and that comes with it’s own set of complications.

More people than ever before are obese and the trend shows no sign of letting up. CDC (Centers for Disease Control) statistics state that obesity has increased 60% in the last decade.

Risks of NOT losing weight

If you weigh twice or 100 lbs more than your ideal weight or have a body mass index of 40 or more you are morbidly obese and run the following risks:

  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension aka high blood pressure
  • Joint Problems from carrying extra weight
  • Sleep Apnea from extra tissue in the throat region.
  • Cancer
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Respiratory Problems

Obviously, these are real risks you face today. Even though this procedure has risks, not doing anything about your weight also has risk. You should talk with your doctor to see if lap band or some other weight loss surgery is worth it for you.

Diabetes is one of the worst diseases one can suffer from and is very common among the obese. If you are at a high BMI, you are are a perfect target for this terrible disease.

One of the major advantages of lap band is that it can be removed or replaced if complications do come up. Other weight loss surgeries are non reversible. You can’t go back and have them add back what was cut out during a gastric bypass or gastric sleeve procedure.