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LAP-BAND® Risks in Houston, TX


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. Patients in The Woodlands and Houston-area can benefit from the experience of board certified general surgeon Dr. Matthew St. Laurent, located in Cypress, Houston, TX, 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 check-ups 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. Patients in The Woodlands and Houston who would like to assess their risk can contact Dr. Matthew St. Laurent in Cypress at 281-810-7895.


*Individual results may vary

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