There are several choices when it comes to weight loss surgery and the two most common procedures are gastric bypass and lap band surgery. Both of these are effective in helping the majority of patients that undergo these surgical procedures lose weight. Which of the two procedures a patient finally selects to help them with their weight issues depends on their weight loss goals, general health and their doctors recommendation.
Even though most patients are good candidates for both surgeries, they usually look to their doctor for advice on which one is better for their health.
Lap band surgery is one of the more popular and successful of the two and involves the surgical placement of a small band around the upper portion of a patient’s stomach to limit the amount of food that can be consumed in a single meal. This allows the patient to control their portions and will help them lose the weight they need over time. The success rate for this type of dieting surgery is very high and there are very few incidents of lap band surgery failure reported.
The lap band surgery is normally done through a set of small incisions and can be done in about an hour for most patients. The recovery period can vary from patient to patient, but most people having the surgery can return to work in about a week.
Lap Band Slippage
Even though lap band surgery failure is rare, there are a few isolated conditions that can develop in a small number of patients who have the surgery. The first concern is if the lap band moves in its position on the stomach. This type of lap band surgery failure usually occurs for one of two reasons. Either the patient has eaten too large a meal at once or the sutures that hold the lap band in place have become dislodged. In either case this type of lap band surgery failure needs to be addressed quickly to correct the issue. This is normally accomplished by repositioning a new lap band in the correct location on the patient’s stomach and securing it to the stomach surface with a series of sutures that create a fold. This ensures that the lap band will be held securely in place and won’t slip out of position over time.
Irritation of The Stomach
Another lap band surgery failure that is rare but can occur in some patients is a general irritation of the stomach wall by the lap band. This can cause problems for the patient and needs to be addressed immediately to avoid other serious problems. If the irritation is severe enough it may warrant the removal of the lap band completely and force the patient to consider an alternative technique to help with their weight loss. This problem usually occurs when the sutures used to hold the band in place work loose, or somehow irritate the surface of the stomach. This condition can also be caused by patients that eat too large a meal, which puts extra pressure on the lap band site. This is especially true of patients that do this too soon after having the lap band placed, since it hasn’t had adequate time to heal. This condition can be corrected in most patients who then go on to a successful program of weight loss.