LAP-BAND® in conjunction with a diet & exercise regimen is a proven safe way to lose a significant amount of weight & improve one's overall health. However, with all surgeries there are some risks associated with the procedure. At Western Surgical Care, P.C. we feel it is important to make our patients fully aware of all known risks before making the decision to have weight loss surgery. If you would like to have your questions answered personally by us, please contact Western Surgical Care, P.C.
Otherwise, below is a brief description of relevant contraindications, warnings and adverse events of the LAP-BAND® System.
The LAP-BAND® System is indicated for use in weight reduction for obese patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 30 with Type II Diabetes or one or more severe co-morbidities.
The LAP-BAND® System is not recommended for non-adult patients, patients with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or increase the risk of poor results, who are unwilling or unable to comply with the required dietary restrictions, or who currently are or may be pregnant.
The LAP-BAND® System is a long-term implant. Explant and replacement surgery may be required at some time. Patients who become pregnant or severely ill, or who require more extensive nutrition may require deflation of their bands. Patients should not expect to lose weight as fast as gastric bypass patients, and band inflation should proceed in small increments. Anti-inflammatory agents, such as aspirin, should be used with caution and may contribute to an increased risk of band erosion.
Placement of the LAP-BAND® System is major surgery and, like any surgery, death can occur. Possible complications include the risks associated with the medications and methods used during surgery, the risks associated with any surgical procedure, and the patient’s ability to tolerate a foreign object implanted in the body. Band slippage, erosion and deflation, obstruction of the stomach, dilation of the esophagus, infection, or nausea and vomiting may occur. Reoperation may be required. Rapid weight loss may result in complications that can require additional surgery. Deflation of the band may alleviate excessively rapid weight loss or esophageal dilation.
Not all contraindications, warnings or adverse events are included in this brief description. More detailed risk information is available at www.lap-band.com or 1-877-LAP-BAND.
Dr. Weaver is credentialed in bariatric surgery at Rose Medical Center and Crown Point Surgical Center in Denver, Colorado. All complications related to the Lap Band procedure will be handled at one of these facilities.
LAP-BAND® is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc.