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Is Lap Band safe?

Lap Band is a safe and effective procedure in an extended group of patients, used not only by people who are morbidly obese. The lap band is a completely reversible surgical weight loss procedure with a mortality rate of 1 in 2000.

Every surgical procedure has minor or major risks and complications involved and patients must be aware of these. Possible complications with adjustable gastric banding:

  • band slippage
  • band erosion
  • band deflation
  • nausea and vomiting
  • gastroesophageal reflux
  • ulceration
  • gastritis
  • dehydration
  • constipation
  • port problems
  • stomach obstruction
  • dilation of the esophagus
  • infection
  • weight regain
  • death

Lap Band is destined for obese people with a BMI of 40 or greater who also suffer from one or more weight-related illnesses. The procedure is contraindicated for:

  • children
  • pregnant women
  • drug or alcohol addicts
  • people suffering from autoimmune diseases, ulcers, Crohn's disease, severe heart or lung disease, esophagitis, cirrhosis, chronic pancreatitis, portal hypertension
  • people following long-term steroid treatment
  • people who cannot or do not want to follow post-operative dietary rules
  • people who are allergic to materials that the Lap Band device contains

Lap Band gained quickly popularity due to the positive results in excess weight loss bariatric patients experienced after undergoing the adjustable gastric banding procedure.

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/