Complications of Gastric Bands
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) is a restrictive bariatric operation. The procedure involves the placement of a gastric band around the upper part of the stomach, just below the gastroesophageal junction. This device is adjustable, and the procedure is devoid of any resection—no staples used at all. The procedure is unique in the fact that it requires strict follow-up with subsequent “fills” of the band in order to attain the proper level of satiety. These fills are performed in the office with a non-coring Huber needle. A patient’s success with a LAGB is directly proportional to the patient’s ability to follow up and the surgeon’s availability to provide such follow-up.
KeywordsGastric band complications Gastric band outcomes Bariatric surgery Bariatric revision
Excess weight lost
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding