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The risks associated with Gastric Bands are well known and include the following:
Gastric band surgery 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 45 kilos. or more over their estimated ideal weight.
Lap banding is not recommended for non-adult patients, patients with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or increase the risk of poor results, nor to those who who are unwilling or unable to comply with the required dietary restrictions, or if they are pregnant.
Lap banding is a long-term implant. However replacement surgery may be required at some time in the future depending on several factors. 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 much and as fast as a gastric bypass patient, and band inflation should proceed in small increments. Anti-inflammatory drugs , such as aspirin, should be used with caution and may contribute to an increased risk of band problems.
Adverse effects is unlikely but one must remember that this is major surgery and, like any surgery, there is always risk of some kind or another. Possible complications include the risks associated with the medications and methods used during surgery, the risks associated with any surgical procedure, and the patients ability to tolerate the implant in the body.
Band slippage, erosion and deflation, obstruction of the stomach, dilation of the oesophagus, infection, or nausea and vomiting may occur, and these risk should be considered before undertaking this kind of surgery.
Furthermore Rapid weight loss may result in complications that can require additional surgery. Deflation of the band may alleviate excessively rapid weight loss or oesophageal dilation, but once again these risks should be discussed thoroughly with your surgeon beforehand.
these are just a few of the considerations and of the risks involved in any Gastric band surgery and you should ask about any other more up to date warnings or adverse events that may occur.
Please contact your physician or surgeon regarding the possible risks and benefits of obesity surgery.
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