Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:14
Band slippage is one possible risk involved in Lap-Band surgery. According to Allergen, the makers of the Lap-Band system, approximately 24 percent of Lap-Band patients will experience band slippage at some point. Slippage occurs when the band slides further down the stomach, causing the upper pouch to become bigger and the band to become tighter. Though some patients who experience slippage may not notice any symptoms, for others, slippage can be a painful and dangerous condition. Learning the risk factors for slippage and familiarizing yourself with its symptoms can help you avoid and identify this condition.
Common causes of band slippage include eating too much food and putting pressure on the abdomen. Always follow your doctor's instructions and stop eating when you feel satisfied. Do not keep eating until you are uncomfortably full. Excessive vomiting can also cause slippage. For this reason, Lap-Band patients should notify their doctor immediately if they are feeling ill or nauseated. Medication can be prescribed to reduce vomiting.
Symptoms of slippage
Band slippage can result in a variety of symptoms. The longer you have your band, the easier it will be to identify any unusual reactions to food. Pay attention to the way your body reacts to certain foods and learn what types of foods work best for you, and which ones should be avoided. The following are some of the symptoms that may be triggered by a slipped band.
- Nausea or vomiting. Some patients may be unable to even keep down fluids or may notice blood in their vomit.
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdominal area, which may intensify if you breathe deeply or lie down.
- A sudden onset of reflux (heartburn), especially at night.
- Productive or convulsive burping where small amounts of digested food come back up.
- A persistent night cough.
Treating a slipped band
If you suspect your band has slipped, contact your doctor immediately. Severe symptoms may necessitate a visit to the emergency room. Your doctor can perform a fluoroscopy to detect the position of the band. Some patients may not even realize their band has slipped until a fluoroscopy is performed.
Surgery may be required to treat a slipped band. In some cases, the slippage can be corrected by removing fluid from the band, which may loosen it enough to allow the stomach to descend on its own.
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