Lap Band Side Effects and Risks: Dehydration, Vomiting, Nausea

But one major gastric lap band side effects is that the size of the isolated stomach pouch can change over time. The pouch may enlarge if the band slips, or if the pouch wall stretches. The band may also erode into the stomach.

Lap-Band risks include:
• Enlargement of stomach pouch or band slippage
• Erosion of band into stomach
• Band leakage
• Reflux or vomiting
• Difficulty swallowing
• Dehydration
• No weight loss
• Blockage of stomach outlet
• Gas bloat
• Nausea
• Constipation
• Ulceration
• Weight regain
• Gastritis
• In extremely rare cases, death

But health experts note that the major risks linked to gastric banding are significantly less than other forms of bariatric surgery.

The banding procedure doesn’t involve opening the gastric cavity and there’s no cutting, stapling or bypassing, so most of the side effects and the potential for infection linked to other obesity surgeries are avoided.

A major advantage of the gastric band is that it can also be removed or replaced if any of these complications become serious or life threatening.

In morbidly obese persons, the lap band may also be considered less risky than not losing weight.
A person is morbidly obese when he or she generally weighs at least twice or 100 pounds more than his or her ideal weight or has a BMI of 40.

According to the National Institutes of Health, morbidly obesity people have a considerably reduced life expectancy and have an increased risk for developing diabetes, stroke, hypertension, joint problems, sleep apnea, cancer, coronary artery disease and respiratory problems.

Worldwide, obesity is emerging as a health epidemic today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity is rapidly spreading across all regions and demographic groups.

In the past decade, the prevalence of obesity has increased more than 60 percent. A quarter of the U.S. population is obese and another 97 million Americans are overweight or at risk of becoming obese.

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Lap Band Side Effects was originally published on 7 January 2012. Updated 03 October 2016.