Another unexpected benefit of the lap band: Quality of sleep. Between forty and fifty percent of gravely overweight people suffer from severe sleep apnea. It has been shown that the adjustable lap band can help reduce these problems.
However, the gastric bypass band is not completely without risk. For example, there is a chance of the band slipping, which may require surgery to remedy. Another problem is that the band may erode into the gastric lumen and need to be replaced. The tubing may also go through mechanical malfunctions, such as cracks in the tubing, and the fluids that condensate into hollow the band may become infected.
As with any other gastric bypass procedures, the patient may experience digestive problems if they are not following their diet to the letter. This can include constipation, dysphagia, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, abnormal stools, and bowel obstruction. Abdominal pain, fever, hernia and infection may also occur.
We don’t mean to scare you away from seeking surgery that may actually save your life, but you should know all of your options and talk it over with your doctor, first. Don’t jump into gastric bypass surgery without first thinking about it in depth, talking it over with your doctor, talking it over with your loved ones, and talking it over with yourself.
The lap band method provides an excellent alternative to traditional gastric bypass surgery, but it is not without its share of risk, and it does not alleviate the personal responsibility the patient shoulders towards their own health.