As more and more celebrities appear to have successful gastric band operations, it's easy to start taking such procedures lightly. Indeed, a recent survey of overweight women indicated that the majority would definitely have a stomach band if they could afford to.
However, to ignore the side effects and potential complications from laparoscopic adjustable band surgery would be foolish. Although, some patients experience few problems, most will endure at least some of the ill-effects associated with a banding operation.
The most common side effects of a stomach band are nausea and vomiting. Over half of all patients will experience either or both of these complaints in the days and weeks following surgery. In most cases, these issues will clear up by themselves as you body adjusts to it's new stomach. However, some patients may suffer from severe sickness for several months.
Acid reflux or the regurgitation of food affects over a third of lap band patients. The risk of this side effect can be reduced by carefully following the recommended post surgery diet.
Constipation or diarrhea is another possible side effect of a laparoscopic adjustable band. Some patients endure bouts of one bowel complaint closely followed by a period of the other. However, in most cases, such issues improve over time.
More serious risks and side effects include slipped bands and blockages. These can happen surprisingly often with over a quarter of patients experiencing one or the other. However, in most instances, early treatment can prevent these problems from causing a serious issue.
The actual stomach banding operation carries a number of risks as well. Infections and injuries to your stomach or other organs in your abdomen are possible. Unexpected reaction to the anaesthetic, excessive bleeding or the developing of a blood clot can also occur.
The risks of side effects will vary greatly from patient to patient. One individual may be several times more likely to develop complications that the next. Talk to your surgeon to find out how your weight, lifestyle and general health affect your chances of problem free gastric band treatment.
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