A gastric band, also called a lap band, is an inflatable silicone band surgically inserted around the top section of your stomach that creates a small pouch to restrict food intake.
One American clinical study that included a 3-year follow-up revealed that 88 percent of patients that tried a gastric band experienced one or more complications. 25 percent ended up having the gastric band removed permanently.
Common gastric band complications are:
- Band eroding into the stomach (1.3 percent, requires band removal)
- Band slippage and/or pouch dilation (24 percent, requires another surgery)
- Difficulty swallowing (9 percent)
- Esophageal dilation and reduced esophageal function (11 percent)
- Gastroesophageal reflux (34 percent)
- Leaking or twisted access port into the stomach (9 percent)
- Stomach obstruction (14 percent)
Other possible complications include bowel and gallbladder issues, fainting, infection, kidney stones, malnutrition, and an increased risk of death, Dr. Mercola warns.
Bariatric surgery is just a quick fix and is NOT an effective weight loss tool because of the many negative long-term health consequences associated with this type of procedure.
Losing weight is very simple, if you know what you need to do, says Dr. Mercola. The number one dietary enemy in America is fructose, which is believed to be the main culprit in the obesity epidemic. Avoiding or completely eliminating fructose from your diet will greatly help your weight loss efforts.
By: Dr. Mercola