Dr. Antoine Choucair News/Announcements  
News/Education
07 July, 2015
GASTRIC BAND RISKS & COMPLICATIONS

As with any surgical procedure, potential risks and complications can occur. Although these problems rarely happen, it’s important to know the facts.

Risks associated with gastric banding

  • Migration of implant (band erosion, band slippage, port displacement)
  • Tubing-related complications (port disconnection, tubing)
  • Band leak
  • Esophageal spasm
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Inflammation of the esophagus or stomach
  • Port-site infection

ADJUSTING TO THE NEWLY IMPLANTED BAND

The recovery experience varies from person to person. As you get used to the implant, these are some typical side effects and discomforts you may encounter:

  • Regurgitation
  • Nausea
  • Acid reflux
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea

Significant weight loss and gallstones

People who lose a lot of weight, regardless of the weight loss method, are at a high risk for developing gallstones. Surgery or other procedures may be necessary to remove the stones and/or the gallbladder. There may be other side effects that are specific to you. You should report any unusual experiences to your surgeon.

Risks associated with bariatric and metabolic surgery

  • Abdominal hernia
  • Chest pain
  • Collapsed lung
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Enlarged heart
  • Gallstones, pain from passing a gallstone, inflammation of the gallbladder, or surgery to remove the gallbladder
  • Gastrointestinal inflammation or swelling
  • Stoma obstruction
  • Stretching of the stomach
  • Surgical procedure repeated
  • Vomiting and nausea

Risks associated with abdominal surgery

  • Bleeding
  • Pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Pneumonia
  • Complications due to anesthesia and medications
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Injury to stomach, esophagus, or surrounding organs
  • Infection
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Stroke or heart attack
  • Death

Safety

Metabolic and bariatric and metabolic surgery is as safe or safer than other commonly performed procedures, including gallbladder surgery.20,27 When performed at a Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center of Excellence, bariatric and metabolic surgery has a mortality rate of 0.13 percent.27 Gallbladder removals have a mortality rate of 0.52 percent.20,27