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Is there anyone who had gastric banding that was not happy with the outcome?

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Dr. Danae Steele
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Lots of people

Gastric bands can have lots of complications.
They can slip, they can erode into the stomach and have to be removed, and many people end up having them removed (and gaining back any weight they lost) because of complications. Look into other weight loss surgeries instead, like a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, which do not have the same long-term complications.

In brief: Lots of people

Gastric bands can have lots of complications.
They can slip, they can erode into the stomach and have to be removed, and many people end up having them removed (and gaining back any weight they lost) because of complications. Look into other weight loss surgeries instead, like a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, which do not have the same long-term complications.
Dr. Danae Steele
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Dr. Joseph Kuhn
Bariatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: About 25%

Some recent studies with long-term data show that about 1/4 of patients might develop uncomfortable reflux or heartburn problems or intolerance of the band and get the band out.
That means that 75% seem to do well. The expected weight loss is about 50% of your excess weight. So if you were 100 pounds overweight, would expect to lose about 50. For some, that is not sufficient. Talk to your doctor.

In brief: About 25%

Some recent studies with long-term data show that about 1/4 of patients might develop uncomfortable reflux or heartburn problems or intolerance of the band and get the band out.
That means that 75% seem to do well. The expected weight loss is about 50% of your excess weight. So if you were 100 pounds overweight, would expect to lose about 50. For some, that is not sufficient. Talk to your doctor.
Dr. Joseph Kuhn
Dr. Joseph Kuhn
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Dr. Ernie Ordonez
it is increasing now
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Unfortunately, there are hundreds if not thousands of unhappy patients with bands.
That's not to say there aren't thousands that are happy and successful. Band patients require a lot of dedication and commitment to eating the right way or food will get stuck in their band. Patient selection is also important. Generally bands are better suited for lower weight patients that are active.

In brief: Yes

Unfortunately, there are hundreds if not thousands of unhappy patients with bands.
That's not to say there aren't thousands that are happy and successful. Band patients require a lot of dedication and commitment to eating the right way or food will get stuck in their band. Patient selection is also important. Generally bands are better suited for lower weight patients that are active.
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Of course

You have to be ready to work for it. Some are not.

In brief: Of course

You have to be ready to work for it. Some are not.
Dr. Terry Simpson
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Dr. Scott Welle
Bariatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Unfortunately yes.

You can cheat and be unsuccessful with any bariatric surgery leading to being dissatisfied with it.
Also the band in general is the most temperamental and can have long term side effects so many people are not happy with their band. Some of the other surgeries have a higher 'satisfaction score' like the sleeve.

In brief: Unfortunately yes.

You can cheat and be unsuccessful with any bariatric surgery leading to being dissatisfied with it.
Also the band in general is the most temperamental and can have long term side effects so many people are not happy with their band. Some of the other surgeries have a higher 'satisfaction score' like the sleeve.
Dr. Scott Welle
Dr. Scott Welle
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