What are the Causes and Solutions for Lap Band Slip?

Posted by Patrick Domkowski on Mon, May 20, 2013

Lap band surgery is a weight loss procedure that involves placing an adjustable band around the top part of your stomach. The tightening of the band allows the patient to feel fuller quicker, resulting in lower calorie consumption and weight loss. Although this procedure is relatively safe and effective, there are a few possible side effects that can affect your weight loss goals.

One of the most common side effects of lap band surgery is lap band slippage. This occurs when the band slips up or down from its original position around the stomach. If you have any of the symptoms listed below, you should contact your bariatric surgeon.

Symptoms of Band Slippage Include:

  • Nausea

  • Acid Reflux

  • Difficulty eating

  • Being able to eat more than usual

Causes of Lap Band Slip:

1. Overeating

The point of the lap band procedure is to give you less room in your stomach, so that you become full with a smaller amount of food. When you eat more than this small portion of stomach can hold, it can cause that part of the stomach to expand, pushing the lap band farther down (causing it to “slip”).

To prevent this from happening, make sure that you follow your doctor's post surgery diet plan. This means that you should not start eating solid foods until you are instructed to do so. Eating small meals throughout the day, and making sure that you thoroughly chew your food can also help to reduce band slippage caused by overeating.

2. The Surgery Technique

Although it is not as common anymore, many doctor’s would complete lap band surgery using the perigastric technique. This allows the stomach to move freely through the band, raising the chance of band slippage. If you are looking to have lap band surgery, make sure that your surgeon is using the “pars flaccida” technique.

3. Carbonated beverages

Some doctors believe that carbonated beverages can trigger a lap band slip. This is because carbonated drinks can cause bloating in your stomach, making it is expand. If the stomach expands too much, it will force the band out of place, resulting in a lap band slip.

To prevent this from happening try to avoid carbonated beverages when you can. If you want to indulge in a glass of champagne or club soda, make sure that you wait until a majority of the bubbles settle in your drink and take very small sips.

4. Vomiting

Excessive vomiting has been linked to lap band slippage. As with the of the other causes of the band slippage, vomiting causes part of the stomach (fundus) to move up through the band. It is important to tell your doctor if you have been throwing up more than usual so that they can check to make sure your band is still in place.

For lap band patients, nausea can occur after eating too much or too quickly. To minimize your chances of throwing up, make sure to take your time eating, and eat small meals throughout the day. Also if your band has too much restriction and you frequently vomit, this may predispose you to a slip.

Lap band slippage can occur quickly or over time. It is normally a progressive process, but reaches a point where symptoms become more pronounced and can longer be ignored. If you start to notice any of the symptoms above after your surgery, make sure that you contact your bariatric surgeon.  

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