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Unlike the gastric bypass, the gastric band surgery does not require cutting across the stomach or intestines. This is one aspect that makes gastric band surgery statistically safer than any other weight loss surgery. The surgery is performed laparoscopically. That means four to five small incision are made, just a bit larger than a pencil width, in order to introduce a camera and laparoscopic instruments. The procedure’s safety is evident in the fact that nearly all patients do home the same day of the surgery. Only in rare situations would your surgeon need to make a large incision during your surgery.
Let’s review a few specific complications for gastric band surgery.
Lap Band Slippage
This is when the stomach slips up and through the band. Some surgeons report that this occurs in about 2 – 4% of their cases. If this happens there a few options. In some mild cases, simply removing fluid from the band, which loosens the restriction, may be enough for the stomach to relax and go back into position. In other cases, however a laparoscopic surgery will be required to either revise or replace the band so that the stomach is in proper position. In rare cases, if the slip has been present for a long time before the patient presents to their physician, the band may need to be removed. This is generally rare.
Lap Band Erosion
This occurs where the stomach lining gets irritated to the point that the band erodes into the stomach. No one really knows what the cause of this is. Some surgeons feel it occurs if the stomach is wrapped too tightly around the band. Others think it happens from an ulcer on the inside of the stomach eroding through out the whole stomach wall and into the gastric band. Others think it may be a result of an infection. Thankfully the complication of gastric band erosion is not very common and in several studies seems to occur between 1 – 2 % of cases and generally several months to years after surgery. If it occurs, generally the gastric band would need to be removed, and the stomach is allowed some time to heal. In certain cases the band can be replaced after it is removed for erosion.
In order to tighten the Lap Band the port is accessed with a needle and saline is injected into the port. There are a couple of issues that can occur with the port. One thing that can happen is a port flip. This is where the port flips to one side or the other or to the back so that it is difficult or impossible to access it with a needle. If this occurs, the port’s position needs to be revised. Some doctors do this in their office in a sterile procedure room, where they numb the skin and then cut down to the port and flip it back in position. In other cases it is done in a hospital setting. The other issue that can occur with ports is leakage. If the port develops a leak it will need to eventually be replaced and as noted above, this might be done in either an office setting or a hospital setting. Now you know more about New Jersey affordable lap band surgery!
May 26 2010 12:29 am | Uncategorized