LAP-BAND Side Effects
One of the most common abject side effects is for patients who are unsuccessful at achieving adequate weight loss. These patients may not lose as much weight as they would like, which may be due to poor diet choices after recovery, too little exercise, and lack of motivation. Patients must recognize that obesity is difficult to overcome, and bariatric surgery is not a quick fix solution to get thin. It’s crucial that patients stick to their post-op diet plan and realize that most side effects are avoidable by following your surgeon’s advice. Tackling the rigors of weight loss is something you must be prepared to face before committing to having LAP-BAND surgery.
Another common side effect is nausea or vomiting, which is usually related to poor food choices rather than any inherent complication of having the surgery, itself. You must consult with your surgeon or nutritionist to determine what foods you should limit or avoid in your diet, and be sure to contact a healthcare professional if you are vomiting frequently, as it could be a sign of a serious issue.
Sometimes patients experience enlargement of their stomach pouch. The pouch created above the gastric band can be stretched out, and this usually is a result of overeating multiple times. This means you will be able to eat more and you will require more food to feel full, and weight loss will not be as satisfactory.
Some patients develop gallstones during LAP-BAND surgery, and other may have internal bleeding. However, this only occurs in 2-3% of patients.