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
- No weight loss
- Blockage of stomach outlet
- Gas bloat
- Weight regain
- 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.
Risks of NOT losing weight
- Hypertension aka high blood pressure
- Joint Problems from carrying extra weight
- Sleep Apnea from extra tissue in the throat region.
- 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.