How common are complications?


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IM reading the other forums and people

Complain of complications such as coughing not being able to swallow and clots. How common are these things

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Well, that's a vast array of complications. Any procedure will carry a risk of complications, that's just life. With banding becoming more popular, there are more and more 'band patients', so the amount of cases with complications will increase, but the percentage of complications are still very small. This is where you and your WL surgeon should discuss YOUR health and weigh the options if banding would benefit you and your health or not. I think in most cases, it would help most obese patients. There is probably a small, select number of patients that are more at risk than your average band patient, due to breathing and cardiac complications, etc. In my opinion, banding was well worth the risk, although that risk was small. I've had no complications. Best wishes to you! :)

“Fear? What has a man to do with fear? Chance rules our lives, and the future is all unknown. Best live as we may, from day to day.”

Sophocles, Oedipus Rex

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Statistically speaking, you only have a 5% chance of complications if you follow the band rules and doctor's instructions. The other 95% screwed up in some way (band too tight and over-eating the most common) and caused the complications themselves.

Blood clots have nothing to do with band. They're a risk after any surgery.

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i am 15 months post op

no swallowing issues (i chew slow and alot and small bites) no coughing and no clots (they gave me a shot for two weeks after surgery to help prevent this) ....complications come with any medical procedure not just WLS....sometimes it happens and sometimes it dont

who can say.......but if you research, follow your dr's instructions and do the best you can, you may just improve your health with wls...its not a sure thing and results will vary from person to person...

best of luck

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Thanks ladies. I'm such a worry wart and sometimes Researching the internet really doesn't help

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I do not feel it is as common audit appears....remember, like yourself, the overwhelming majority of people who post here and other website are those looking for answers and needing support....

There are many people who are very happy, successful, and have no reason to come around here that much, if at all.....

It is like the support groups at my Bariatric Center who did my surgery......I went to a few, in the beginning.....as did many of my peers...now none of us attend unless invited....why would I want to go?

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Look closely at the people who post complications. Typically they are not going for regular maintenance, are going to clinics that over fill, or are not eating the band diet. For me, the risk was FAR worth the reward. Best choice I have ever made.

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No commentary, just some info from Allergan and some helpful studies to answer your question.

Allergan, the manufacturer of the Lap Band, published the following as part of their Patient Safety Information.

“In the United States clinical study, with 3-year follow-up reported, 88% of the 299 patients had one or more adverse events, ranging from mild, moderate, to severe. Nausea and vomiting (51%), gastroesophageal reflux (regurgitation) (34%), band slippage/pouch dilatation (24%) and stoma obstruction (stomach-band outlet blockage) (14%) were the most common post-operative complications. In the study, 25% of the patients had their band systems removed, two-thirds of which were following adverse events.”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20563663

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20589514

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20496124

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i look at it in 2 ways. there are side effects then there are complications that need intervention. side effects are generally attributed to being too tight, taking too big of bites, not chewing well, not drinking enough Water or eating enough Protein, etc. these side effects are fairly easy to remedy and i wouldn't consider them complications although they the effects might feel like complications if there is pbing, coughing, aspiration, swelling, etc.. But most of these can be taken care of with an unfill or following the band rules. things that need intervention i would consider complications are slippage, erosion, esophageal dis-mobility, band rejection, port or tubing problems, etc. These things can be self induced by not not following rules or can happen through no fault of your own. Bariatric surgery, no matter which one, has it's own set of side effects and complications. We are all motivated to have WLS because we need to lose weight. They all work to help us lose weight but it's reasonable to think you will not be in the small percent who will suffer a serious complication. But we should all do the research and make a decision the risk is worth it or not. And which procedure will best suit your lifestyle.

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