Lap Band( also called Gastric Banding) Surgery

What are the Potential Risks & Complications of Gastric Banding?

The Operation:

The idea behind the operation is to create a small pouch in the upper part of the stomach with a controlled & adjustable stoma, without stapling, thus limiting food intake.

This procedure looks like a stricture to me. And since I have suffered from a natural stricture in my esophagus, I cannot understand why anyone would want to do that to himself. It is very scary when you start choking, because the food won't go down. This disorder of mine has improved tremendously with the use of Omnitrition®'s health & nutritional supplements, as well as my resulting weight loss.
Bariatric Surgery Risks & Complications
Close up view of Lap Band device around the upper part of the stomach.

Bariatric Surgery Risks & Complications

What are the potential risks & complications of gastric banding surgery?

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks & complications that can occur in gastric banding.  These risks are categorized into 3 areas:  gastric banding risks, bariatric surgery risks, & abdominal surgery risks.  Note: Bariatric surgery complications may result in reoperations.

Risks associated with gastric banding:


* Migration of implant(band erosion, band slippage, port displacement)
* Tubing-related complications(port disconnection, tubing)
* Band leak
* Esophageal spasm
* Gastroesophageal reflux disease(GERD)
* Inflammation of the esophagus or stomach
* Port-site infection

Weight loss surgery side effects & discomfort

  • Regurgitation
  • Nausea
  • Acid Reflux
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
People who lose a lot of weight are at a high risk for developing gallstones. Surgery or other procedures may be necessary to remove the stones and/or the gallbladder.

Risks associated with bariatric surgery

(Note:  Your weight, age, & medical history play a significant role in determining your specific risks.)

  • Abdominal hernia 
  • Chest pain
  • Collapsed lung
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Enlarged heart
  • Gallstones
  • Gastrointestinal inflammation or swelling
  • Stoma obstruction
  • Stretching of the stomach
  • Surgical procedure repeated
  • Vomiting & nausea

Risks associated with abdominal surgery

(Note: Risks are associated with any type of surgery, including abdominal surgery.  These risks are greater for individuals who suffer from obesity.)

  • Bleeding
  • Pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Pneumonia
  • Complications due to anesthesia & medications
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Injury to stomach, esophagus, or surrounding organs
  • Infection
  • Pulmonary embolism(blood clot in the lungs)
  • Stroke or heart attack
  • Death