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
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:
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
Risks associated with abdominal surgery
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