Gastric Erosion Following Adjustable Gastric Banding

  • Helmuth T. Billy

Laparoscopic placement of an adjustable gastric band has proven to be one of the safest surgical procedures for the surgical treatment of obesity. Adjustable gastric banding is a relatively simple, short surgical procedure with a low complication rate. Additional advantages include adjustability of the stoma, as well as easy reversibility and preservation of the inherent anatomy of the GI tract. The disadvantage of adjustable gastric banding includes the presence of a foreign body with an inherently higher susceptibility to infections complications. Gastric erosion is a significant and severe complication associated with adjustable gastric banding.

Penetration of the gastric wall following Lap Band placement can occur both acutely, within a few weeks of operation; or late, as it can be seen months or years following successful implantation of the device. Once a diagnosis of erosion has been made, the definitive surgical treatment is removal of the device.


Morbid Obesity Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding Adjustable Gastric Banding Band Removal Band Erosion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helmuth T. Billy
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  1. 1.Director of Bariatric SurgerySt. John's Regional Medical Center, Ventura Advanced Surgical AssociatesVenturaCA

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