Potential Lap-Band Complications
It is natural to have questions and concerns about having a Lap-Band procedure. Our caring and competent team has a solid track record to give you confidence in the SmartShape™ Weight Loss Centre. Our surgeons have over 50 years of combined experience and our nurses have received extensive training in this procedure. It may also help to know that the Lap-Band procedure has been shown to have fewer risks than any other surgical treatment for obesity.1
General Lap-Band Complications
The Lap-Band procedure has the same risks that come with most operations, such as bleeding and infection, but these are very uncommon and rarely serious.
Specific Lap-Band Complications
Lap-Band complications are rarely serious, but we want you to have the information you need to make a confident decision.
Slippage or pouch dilatation can occur if the Lap-Band moves down the stomach, or if the pouch above the band stretches up. Patients with these problems may notice heartburn or regurgitation of food at night when they lay down. These Lap-Band complications are unusual, occurring in approximately 2-3% of patients. The surgeons at SmartShape routinely suture the band in place and will repair a hiatus hernia if it is identified at the time of surgery. These aspects of the procedure are very important and have been shown to dramatically reduce the risk of pouch dilatation and band slippage.
The surgeons at SmartShape Weight Loss Centre have published their results in leading bariatric surgery journals and have proven that the risk of Lap-Band complications at SmartShape Weight Loss Centre is the same or lower than other leading Lap-Band clinics around the world.
1Spivak H, Hewitt MF, Onn A and Half EE. Weight loss and improvement of obesity-related illness in 500 U.S. patients following laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding procedure. Am J Surg. 2005;189:27-32.