Gastric Banding Center of San Diego-Officially Authorized LAP-BAND Center


Risks/Complications

Post-op after the LAP-BAND® System procedure, there is very low risk of nutritional deficiencies as long as patients eat a healthy diet.

Even though there are risks associated with the LAP-BAND® System weight loss surgical system, they are much less than with other types of weight loss surgical procedures.  Some of the risks may involve re-operation and or hospitalization. Most complications however are not serious. 

Gastric erosion and perforation or a tear in the stomach is one serious complication that can occur.  Other complications that might occur are:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Acid Reflux (Heart Burn)
  • LAP-BAND® System Slippage
  • Gastrointestinal obstruction and esophageal dilatation
  • Gastric Prolapse (Protrusion of stomach through the band)
  • Problems with the Access port
  • Injury to the stomach and other internal organs
  • Blood Clots and Phlebitis
  • Hemorrhage (bleeding)
  • Infection
  • Pneumonia
  • Scar Ring

These complications, if they do occur, can usually be corrected with minimal difficulty.