Modern science has experienced advancement in the field of weight loss surgery with the introduction of different types of surgery like the gastric lap band surgery. This form of surgery is much safer than the earlier options of open gastric bypass surgery. However like all things in life, there are some risks associated to lap band surgery that should be discussed before making the final decision.
Lap band surgery has not only risks associated with this type of a surgery, but also carries the other risks associated with other forms of major surgeries. Of course, there are also the complications that arise with lap band surgery that is common with patients who are overweight. The most dangerous and serious risk of lap band surgery is the possibility of death occurring either during or after the surgery and because of some reason other reason related to the surgery.
However in this nuptial stage of lap band surgery, there have been few deaths reported so far, less than 1%. Of course, to reduce the possibility of risks and complications associated with lap band surgery, it is important to remember that the experience of the surgeon is an important factor. Surgeons, who have successfully used this technique of surgery about 100 times, offer a better success rate in the operation.
Your age, weight, presence of any health diseases that may be directly or indirectly related to your weight problem and your body’s reaction to anesthesia are some of the risks associated with lap band surgery. The most important lap band related risk that may occur during lap band surgery is a gastric perforation where a tear forms in the wall of the stomach. This risk occurs in about one percent of the cases.
The complications of lap band surgery usually occur in the weeks and months that follow the surgery. However these complications need not be serious and range from mild to severe. Nausea, vomiting and regurgitation, a condition called gastro esophageal reflux may occur in some patients. Then there are some people who may experience a slippage of the lap band while some others find an obstruction in the passage between the two divisions of the stomach.
Some rare cases of patients of lap band surgery experience erosion of the band in the stomach and perhaps some leakage of twisting in the access port. Diarrhea, constipation and difficulty in swallowing are some other complications of lap band surgery. There may also be occasional cases of gastritis, dehydration, pancreatitis, chest pain, gas and infection.
Basically, laparoscopically performed gastric lap band surgery has less risks and complications than other forms of weight loss surgery. However do discuss risks with the surgeon before deciding to undergo lap band surgery.