Understanding LAP-BAND® Risks

Every surgery comes with a certain amount of risk; however, LAP-BAND® has potentially fewer risks associated with it than any other form of bariatric surgery. Houston-area patients can benefit from the experience of board certified general surgeon Dr. Matthew St. Laurent, who will perform this procedure as safely as possible.

Is LAP-BAND® Surgery Risky?

When people hear about the revolutionary LAP-BAND® device, they naturally want to know whether or not having it placed is risky. While any procedure has risks, the LAP-BAND® itself has been approved by the FDA and has been placed successfully in thousands of patients since 2000. In fact, LAP-BAND® is considered one of the safest forms of bariatric surgery because it does not require irreversible modifications to the stomach or intestines.

Even though it is safe, there are a few possible risks, including the following:

  • Band slippage
  • Infection
  • Dilation of the esophagus
  • Poor motility of the esophagus
  • Erosion and deflation

Should you experience any of these side effects, a second operation might be needed to adjust or remove your LAP-BAND®. Having regular checkups can help catch problems early on, making them much easier to deal with.

Possible Surgical Complications

Many of the risks associated with a LAP-BAND® operation are the same as for any other surgery. Some of the most common complications of surgery include the following:

  • Allergic reaction to anesthesia
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Drop in blood pressure or heart rate
  • Difficulty breathing

To reduce the odds of developing these side effects, Dr. St. Laurent will review your medical history; including checking for drug interactions among any prescriptions you may be taking. He may advise you to stop taking certain medications just prior to your surgery as a preventative measure.

To read our procedure guide, click here.

When the right precautions are taken beforehand, the LAP-BAND® procedure is normally very safe. Houston patients who would like to assess their risk can contact Dr. Matthew St. Laurent at 281-301-1404.

Dr. Matthew St. Laurent

Northwest Endosurgical

At Northwest Endosurgical in Houston, Texas, Dr. Matthew St. Laurent helps patients achieve dramatic weight loss and improved health through bariatric surgery. Dr. St. Laurent is one of the most experienced bariatric surgeons in greater Houston, and he is affiliated with several professional organizations, including:

  • The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • The American College of Surgeons
  • The Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • The Obesity Action Coalition
  • The American Medical Association
  • The Texas Medical Association
  • The International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO)

To schedule a consultation, book online or give us a call at (281) 921-1890.

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