LAP-BAND® Surgery Side Effects
As with all major surgical procedures, LAP-BAND® surgery does come with the risk of certain complications. After a thorough examination and consultation, Dr. Dahiya will help you determine if you are an ideal candidate for LAP-BAND® surgery, or if there is an alternative weight loss surgery that would be a better option for you.
When Dr. Dahiya performs LAP-BAND® surgery, he makes a single incision using the SPIDER® Surgical System to reduce the risks involved with invasive surgery. Because LAP-BAND® surgery does not require any rearrangement of your digestive system like gastric bypass surgery, complications are usually quite rare, and your body is still able to normally absorb important nutrients.
Below are some of the possible side effects that have been associated with LAP-BAND® surgery.
Nausea and Vomiting
Because of how small your new stomach pouch is after surgery, you will not be able to digest certain foods as well as you once did. Certain raw vegetables and fruits – such as broccoli or apples – will be difficult for your new stomach to handle, along with fatty meats. If you consume these foods too early in your dietary plan, or simply take in more than your body can handle, you may experience nausea.
Your smaller stomach size also means that fluid intake is sometimes neglected, leading to dehydration, which is another cause of nausea and vomiting. These side effects can be avoided by carefully following your post-surgery diet plan and following up with Dr. Dahiya to make sure you are meeting your goals.
Gastritis is an inflammation of the stomach lining that can occur along with indigestion. The symptoms of gastritis include a burning ache or pain in your upper abdomen, feeling full in your upper abdomen, and nausea. Most cases of gastritis are short-lived and won’t require medical attention, but if you experience prolonged symptoms, speak with Dr. Dahiya.
Problems with the LAP-BAND® Gastric Band
On rare occasions, issues can arise with the adjustable gastric band itself. The band could slip out of place, begin to erode, or saline solution could leak out of the band into your body. Leaked saline can contribute to nausea in patients, or simply a general feeling of discomfort and malaise. Dr. Dahiya will monitor the adjustable gastric band through follow-up appointments to ensure it is in the right position and in good working order.
Preventing LAP-BAND® Side Effects
Most of the side effects discussed above can be avoided through careful monitoring of your diet and close follow-up with Dr. Dahiya. Nausea and vomiting can especially be prevented by eating smaller portions, chewing your food slowly, and learning which foods your stomach can tolerate easily. If you are experiencing post-surgery side effects, Dr. Dahiya can help you determine the cause and develop a solution. A significant benefit of LAP-BAND® surgery is that it can easily be reversed if severe side effects start occurring.
If you have further questions or concerns about LAP-BAND® surgery, please contact experienced bariatric surgeon Dr. Shyam Dahiya today to schedule a consultation.