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Is lap band weight loss surgery safe?

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Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes it is

Please keep in mind that in addition to the laparoscopic band, the sleeve gastrectomy represents a good alternative option.
They have been doing the band in europe since 1992 and by early 2000's many bands were being removed due to long term complications. Please so your homework and discuss the sleeve with your surgeon, it doesn't mean it is the best option for you but at least learn about it.

In brief: Yes it is

Please keep in mind that in addition to the laparoscopic band, the sleeve gastrectomy represents a good alternative option.
They have been doing the band in europe since 1992 and by early 2000's many bands were being removed due to long term complications. Please so your homework and discuss the sleeve with your surgeon, it doesn't mean it is the best option for you but at least learn about it.
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Dr. Adam Beall
Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes and No

All surgery has risks.
"lap band" placement procedures are very safe, but adjustable gastric bands have specific long term risks including malposition, erosion, infection, reflux, slippage orprolapse, obstruction, migration into hiatal hernia, etc. While these risks are low, be informed about all the risks and the potential consequences on your health and wallet. Don't forget maintenance costs.

In brief: Yes and No

All surgery has risks.
"lap band" placement procedures are very safe, but adjustable gastric bands have specific long term risks including malposition, erosion, infection, reflux, slippage orprolapse, obstruction, migration into hiatal hernia, etc. While these risks are low, be informed about all the risks and the potential consequences on your health and wallet. Don't forget maintenance costs.
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Dr. Mark Gujer
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: YES

Lap band and gastric bypass surgeries are safer that they even have been.
Look for experienced surgeons that share their results. Seek out bariatric centers of excellence facilities as they have been put through rigorous standards, monitor their results and have to meet minimums as far as the numbers of procedures they do. That equals experience. Your surgeon will discuss risks in greater detail.

In brief: YES

Lap band and gastric bypass surgeries are safer that they even have been.
Look for experienced surgeons that share their results. Seek out bariatric centers of excellence facilities as they have been put through rigorous standards, monitor their results and have to meet minimums as far as the numbers of procedures they do. That equals experience. Your surgeon will discuss risks in greater detail.
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