Preventing LAP-BAND® Slippage

LAP-BAND® surgery is one of the most popular treatment options for reversing obesity. Considering it is the least invasive, and typically boasts the fastest recovery after surgery, it’s no surprise that many people are choosing gastric banding to control their weight. In some studies researchers even found that over an 18-24 month period, LAP-BAND® patients lost nearly the same amount of weight as those who elected for gastric sleeve or gastric bypass surgeries. The gastric band can be an amazing tool to help you lose your excess weight when you carefully follow the instructions given by our CHRIAS surgeonsduring follow-up visits. Following post-operative directions can reduce your chance of experiencing complications like band slippage, which can prevent weight loss and in some cases require revision surgery.

Symptoms of Band Slippage:

  • Acid reflux
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Ability to eat more than usual

How to Prevent Lap-Band Slippage:
Take Adjustments Slow. Seeing success at the scale may make you want to push your weight loss by overfilling your band or rushing your appointments, but hurrying the process can cause the stomach to stretch, which can cause band slippage. Going slow and steady provides a healthy weight loss and hunger control while reducing your risk of complications.

Control Portion Sizes. Indulging in favorite foods is a major temptation, and while it’s ok to enjoy a taste of favorite foods (we’re human, right?), overdoing it can cause your stomach to stretch, causing a band slip. Enjoy small portions and eat until satisfied, not stuffed.

Avoid Carbonated Beverages. During the hot summer months it is especially tempting to indulge in bubbly sodas, cold beers, or a sparkling glass of wine. Sticking to still drinks is recommended, since many experts believe that the carbonation can cause bloating and stomach distention.

Speak to Your Dr. About Vomiting.
Vomiting after surgery is not normal and should be addressed during a follow up visit at our Delaware weight loss surgery clinic. Aside from being uncomfortable, excessive vomiting can increase your possibility of slippage.

If you have experienced a Lap-BAND® slip, removing the saline from your band may allow your stomach to move back into place and correct itself without the need for surgery. In some cases where slippage does not correct itself, a meeting with one of our three board-certified surgeons can help you determine what step is best for continuing your weight loss success. To learn more about bariatric surgery at our Delaware weight loss surgery center, attend one of our free seminars, call us at 302-892-9900 or contact us online.

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