What Are the Complications of Lap-Band® Surgery?

What Are the Complications of Lap-Band® Surgery?

The Lap-Band® System is among the least invasive of all Dallas bariatric surgery options. It has been an effective and successful weight loss surgery option for many patients. Through the Lap-Band® System, we are able to control the amount of food that the stomach can hold at one time. This is achieved by reducing the stomach’s capacity. By reducing the stomach’s capacity, we are able to effectively restrict the amount of food that a person can eat. One of the greatest benefits of the Lap-Band® System is that a person is only able to eat a small amount of food, yet is still able to feel full. The Lap-Band® System allows patients to feel full faster and longer while eating much less than they did before undergoing the procedure. Because the Lap-Band® surgery is performed laparoscopically, it is a minimally invasive procedure, often making the recovery period much easier and quicker than other more invasive weight loss surgeries. In fact, many patients feel able and ready to return normal activities one to two weeks following the Lap-Band® surgery.

Lap-Band® Risks

While there are many benefits to the Lap-Band® System, there are still risks involved. The Lap-Band® surgery as well as all surgical procedures carry some amount of risk.

  • Patients who are obese have an increased risk of experiencing complications during and after surgery.
  • While extremely rare, death is a risk of any surgical procedure.
  • Another rare risk of undergoing surgery is a reaction to the medications used during and after the procedure as well as infection.

To help ensure an optimal outcome and the safety of our patients during and after surgery, all patients of our Dallas Lap-Band® surgery center, Minimally Invasive Bariatrics, are required to undergo pre-operative medical testing, including a comprehensive medical examination. During your pre-operative examination, we will discuss your full medical history, any allergies you have, any health conditions you have, as well as your weight loss goals. It is vital that all patients have realistic expectations of the outcome. While Lap-Band surgery can help you achieve weight loss, it requires a significant lifestyle change. We will also discuss in great detail the risks and complications associated with the Lap-Band® surgery.

Fortunately, most patients do not experience serious complications after undergoing Lap-Band® surgery. For our patients in Dallas, Lap-Band® risks include:

  • Band slippage
  • Band erosion: Acid within the stomach may cause the band to erode
  • Obstruction of the stomach: If the band or stomach slips out of place, it may obstruct the opening to the stomach
  • Band deflation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Ulceration
  • Dehydration, constipation, heartburn, gas, and bloating
  • Weight regain

Contact Minimally Invasive Bariatrics

While there are many benefits to undergoing bariatric surgery, it is not a suitable option for every patient. If you have struggled to lose weight through diet and exercise and are still suffering from obesity, you may be a candidate for Lap-Band® surgery. To learn more about the Lap-Band® System, or to schedule a confidential consultation, pleasecontact Minimally Invasive Bariatrics today. Our compassionate, skilled staff would be happy to answer any questions you may have.


At Minimally Invasive Bariatrics, we focus on thoroughly educating our patients, offering a wide range of surgical options, and providing comprehensive follow-up care. We believe that these are the factors that can make the difference between a successful procedure and one that does not produce the desired result

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