Complications of Lap Band Surgery

Lap band surgery has low surgical complications as compared to the other weight loss methods. The death rate is about 1 in about 2000 people. There is a possibility of the eroding or band slipping into the stomach and of the mechanical malfunction. The other complications include: bleeding, infection, and abdominal pain.

Lap band surgery complications are very common after having the surgery. However many of these are very minor complications and they can be alleviated by following few post operative instructions.

Lap band complications range from annoyances to the complete failure and also removal of the lap band.

Following are the complications of potential lap band treatment:

Band erosion: This is also called as band migration. This condition occurs actually when the band moves into stomach. Only treatment for this is permanent removal of band.

Band intolerance: Some people’s bodies cannot handle the band. So after completion of the surgery the band becomes an alien object in their body. The intolerance of band includes: vomiting or uncomfortable feeling all the time. For this condition permanent band removal is the only solution.

Band slippage: This condition occurs if the lower portion of the stomach slips from the band, and creates a large pouch above the band. Surgical repositioning or removing the fluid is required to set the band slippage. The symptoms include reflux and vomiting, and this can be diagnosed by having a dye and using the X-Ray to see it.

Band leak: Usually patients can tell if their gastrointestinal system has the leak, if feelings of the patients of restriction decrease with the time without the surgeon unfilling the port. To conclude that whether you have the leak, your surgeon may inject the colored fluid and then take an X-Ray to observe if any of that colored fluid is presented outside of that gastric banding system. To repair this, surgery may require.

Blood Clots: These are also called as thrombus. Obsess people have high risk of developing the blood clots after and during any type of surgery. Some blood thinners are used to prevent the blood clots. Walking periodically after having the surgery may also very effective. The symptoms of blood clot include pain or swelling in the legs and this can be diagnosed by the doctor by using an ultrasound. Blood clots would be treated by taking the prescribed blood thinners. If you left this untreated, clots may lead to the pulmonary embolism. So it is better to inform your doctor as soon as possible. Smoking may increase the risk of this condition, so if you are a smoker try to stop smoking before having the surgery. That should be not later than 2 months out.

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29. March 2012 05:48 by bariactric | Comments (0) | Permalink

Lap Band Surgery Recovery

Lap band surgery:  FDA-approved brand name is lap band system; in this lap-band procedure gastric band with adjustable facility is used. Collar belt or silicon belt is used in lap band and it goes around the upper portion of the stomach. This is adjustable and also provides flexibility to remove easily in future and this is the best solution if other procedures of weight loss have not worked. Lap band surgery is the best solution for weight loss as compared to other methods. This surgery would be performed by restricting the food intake levels and also increases the time to empty the stomach.

Recovery from Lap-Band surgery:

·         After having the surgery you may feel like your mouth as dry but you must have only glucose water. After the surgery, a patient is allowed to drink only few ounces of fluid or water.

·         Bed rest is necessary when you return to home, but frequent walking is recommended.

·         After the surgery patient needs strong commitment in the habits of food intake. Some changes should be done in diet and eating style.

·         If the patient is strictly committed, he/she will lose approximately 26 to 38 percent of his extra weight in the body.

·         A patient who takes Lap-Band surgery need to resume his regular work without any failure for two to three weeks.

·         If the patient starts walking early, the chances of blood clot development is very less.

·         After surgery, it is better to avoid heavy weight lifting and also do not spend much time on exercise.

·         Always follow the doctor's instructions and try to remember at all time.

·         After having the Lap-Band surgery, you’re slowly re-accustomed to solid foods like skin less chicken, yogurt with low fat, fish etc.

·         In first two weeks, liquid is the only diet and it is strictly recommended, the other recommended diets may vary after first two weeks.

·         It is very important to drink lot of water during the recovery period.

·         After your lap-band surgery, if you have fever with 101 degrees, vomiting, leg pain, and chest pain then it is essential to consult the doctor.

·         During the recovery period, patient can only take thin liquids and that should be in small quantity. In this time, mostly patient needs to depend on liquids, such as clear fruit juice, skim milk, no sugar drinks and clear broth.

·         The patient should take only a very little amount of diet to avoid nausea and cramps. Taking Solid foods after the surgery may also cause problems, so that diet must be in limited amount as directed by the physician.

·         Following these tips may be helpful for patients in recovering from lap band surgery and also managing the weight.

For better results after the surgery, you can contact a lap band surgeon.

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14. March 2012 09:38 by bariactric | Comments (0) | Permalink

Weight Loss Surgery for Seniors

New researches show that senior citizens can undergo the weight loss surgery without having any side effects that younger persons experience. Senior citizens are going for weight loss surgery not only to lose excess weight but also to improve their overall health condition and to reduce the risk factors of diabetes, obesity related diseases, like high blood pressure.

According to the recent studies, surgery is effective and safe for many older adults, the society also trying to make the bariatric surgery easier for seniors to get it.

While excess weight can cause severe health problems such as hypertension, sleep apnea, and diabetes for any young patient, it could be particularly challenging to the seniors who are already suffering from some problems that are related to age such as degenerative problems of joints and arthritis. Weight reduction can truly have a significant impact on seniors’ life quality.

Normally this surgery is suitable for the patients, who have:

·         Their Body mass index more than 35.

·         At least 1 additional disorder, which is related to obesity.

·         Documentation that if previous treatment of obesity was not successful.

Researches indicate that weight loss surgery is safe for older adults as it is for younger adults. The NIH is recommending the age of 65 is the cutoff for this surgery, but apparently this is an “artificial standard”. Researchers have determined that weight reduction surgery is safe for older adults, after reviewing 50,000 records of patients who was gone through the weight reduction surgery.

Good results for obedient patients: Older people don’t miss the fallow—ups. They do exercises, and they are mature in taking decisions. Obviously the results are good in older population. Researchers say that the Laparoscopic surgery is beneficial and safe procedure in the senior population.


Weight loss surgery also has risks like any other surgeries using normal anesthesia. These risks can be somewhat higher for seniors. It is very important to control diabetes before surgery. Gastric banding would have more risks that include erosion and banding slippage. But when compared to other methods of weight loss gastric banding would be better option for senior obese people.

Whatever may be the age but weight loss surgery has risk factors. Recovery would be uncomfortable and slow, and permanent and drastic change in diet is required.

Exercise and diet are also countable:

Surgery is not the only option to lose excess weight. Healthy eating habits and exercise are also play a major role in reducing excess weight. Of course it is also possible to lose excess weight without having surgery. But it is somewhat difficult for senior people. And support groups may be helpful for older people, since some families could not understand the problems.

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6. March 2012 20:31 by bariactric | Comments (0) | Permalink

Weight Loss Surgery for Kids

Today obesity is the major problem in children, so weight loss surgery for kids become very popular. Weight loss surgery would save the lives and improve the quality of life, but this is not suitable for everyone. The physicians perform the surgery only for the right people at centers of excellence.

Weight loss surgery for kids is a risky process. Many Researches shown that, instead of going for surgery, it is better to control the weight with other methods such as diet and exercise. Performing weight loss surgery for kids is a big decision.

This surgery reduces the amount of food intake. Some surgeries also decrease the digestion level of your kid. Weight loss surgery has complications and risks, however including hernias, blood clots and infections.

Weight loss surgery not always works in overweight kids. They must have to stick for the strict eating habits for their entire life in order to maintain the perfect weight. From studies it has proven that children who underwent the weight loss surgery was regained about thirty percent of their total weight within ten years.

It is very hard for children to follow strict eating habits, and to do exercise. Patients who undergo weight loss surgery and strictly follow the postoperative rules may lose more weight and eliminate or reduce obesity related disorders, but it is tough for the kids.

Most of the doctors suggest for overweight kids that they just require diet, exercise and play more outside.

Things that should be considered for kids who are undergoing weight loss surgery:

·         The kid should be completed his growing, usually these considerations are 15 years for boys and 13 years for girls.

·         Parents and kids must understand and they would be willing to follow the alterations in their lifestyle that they would all require to make after having the surgery.

·         The kid hasn’t had any illegal substances like drugs or alcohol for the period of 1 year before the surgery.

·         Kids who have surgery should take care at bariatric surgery care center. A team of professionals will give suggestions and special care that they would need.

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2. March 2012 20:02 by bariactric | Comments (0) | Permalink

About Bariatric Care Center

The Bariatric Care Center is dedicated to the holistic approach to morbid obesity. We believe that surgery is only a small fraction of the whole process of losing weight and a powerful tool when used appropriately. In order to achieve that, our team includes a specialized panel in Psychiatry, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology.

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