The lap band procedure has become common place in the world of weight loss surgeries. It involves placing an adjustable band around the top part of the stomach to make the patient feel fuller, quicker. Although this surgery is relatively safe and effective, there is one common side effect among many lap band patients --lap band slippage.
Side effects of a lap band slip include, acid reflux, nausea, difficulty eating or being able to eat more than usual. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should contact your bariatric surgeon. They will be able to run tests to verify that you have a lap band slip and be able to gage its severity.
Lap band slippage occurs when the bland slips down or up from its original position. There are a variety of causes of lap band slippage. These causes include overeating, drinking carbonated beverages, vomiting, and even the surgery technique that your surgeon used. Luckily, depending on the severity of your band slip there are several ways to revise your lap band or repair your band to its original position. Although your bariatric surgeon is the only one that can determine which option is right for you, some popular lap band slip treatments include:
1) Deflating the Band
Because the band is adjustable, your solution may be as simple as deflating the band for a couple of weeks. This only works for very mild slips. By deflating the band it will allow it to move back into its original position by itself. After your doctor verifies that the band is back where it should be, your doctor can begin tightening it, so you can start losing weight again.
2) Lap Band Reposition Surgery
If your slip is more severe you may need surgery to reposition it. First the surgeon will deflate your band and then conduct surgery to reposition it in the proper place. This will fix your complications so that you can begin reaching your weight loss goals.
3) Lap Band Removal
Some people that experience a severe lap band slip have the band completely removed. This will obviously stop your complications, but it will not help you lose weight. Your doctor will be able to tell you if this is the best option for you.
4) Lap Sleeve Surgery
If your doctor decides that removing the band entirely is best option for your situation, then you may want to look into lap sleeve surgery. Many people will have lap sleeve surgery after removing their lap band so that they can continue seeing weight loss results, without worrying about slippage. To learn more read our post about the differences between lap band and lap sleeve surgery.
Make sure to check in with your bariatric surgeon regularly after lap band surgery, and call your doctor immediately if you are experiencing any symptoms of a lap band slip. If your doctor confirms that you have a slip, make sure to research all of your options. Lap band surgery is a relatively safe and effective procedure, but like with any surgery it has its complications. Be sure to research how to prevent lap band slippage, and to follow your doctor’s directions closely after surgery. If you are looking for a doctor to complete revisional surgery on your lap band, be sure to contact Riverside Surgical Weight Loss to learn all of your options.