Associated with the The LAP-BAND® System
The The LAP-BAND® System is indicated for use in weight reduction
for severely obese patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least
40 or a BMI of at least 35 with one or more severe co-morbid conditions,
or those who are 100 lbs. or more over their estimated ideal weight.
The The LAP-BAND® System is not recommended for non-adult patients, patients
with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or increase
the risk of poor results, who are unwilling or unable to comply
with the required dietary restrictions, or who currently are or
may be pregnant.
The The LAP-BAND® System is a long-term implant. Explant and replacement
surgery may be required at some time. Patients who become pregnant
or severely ill, or who require more extensive nutrition may require
deflation of their bands. Patients should not expect to lose weight
as fast as gastric bypass patients, and band inflation should proceed
in small increments. Anti-inflammatory agents, such as aspirin,
should be used with caution and may contribute to an increased risk
of band erosion.
Events: Placement of the The LAP-BAND® System is major surgery and, like
any surgery, death can occur. Possible complications include the
risks associated with the medications and methods used during surgery,
the risks associated with any surgical procedure, and the patient’s
ability to tolerate a foreign object implanted in the body.
to your doctor about all of the following risks and complications:
• Gastritis (irritated stomach tissue)
• Gastroesophageal reflux (regurgitation)
• Gas bloat
• Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
• Weight regain
problems which may occur are:
• The band can spontaneously deflate because of leakage. That
leakage can come
from the band, the reservoir, or the tubing that connects them.
• The band can slip.
• There can be stomach slippage.
• The stomach pouch can enlarge.
• The stoma (stomach outlet) can be blocked.
• The band can erode into the stomach
of the stoma can be caused by:
• Improper placement of the band
• The band being over-inflated
• Band or stomach slippage
• Stomach pouch twisting
• Stomach pouch enlargement
loss with the band is typically slower and more gradual than with
some other weight-loss surgeries. Tightening the band too fast or
too much to try to speed up the weight loss process should be avoided.
The stomach pouch and/or esophagus can become enlarged as a result.
You need to learn how to use your band as a tool that can help you
reduce the amount you eat.
can cause reduced weight loss. They can also cause weight gain.
Certain complications may require that you return to surgery to
remove, reposition, or replace the band.