Cause of lap band erosion and whether it is safe to remove the band endoscopically

by Shannon
(Clarksville, TN)

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I had gastric lap band surgery 8 years ago. About 3 years ago I started having problems with extremely loose stools. It has gotten worse over time, and most of the time it is uncontrollable. A lot of abdominal pain comes with it (I was told that I have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

About 6 months ago I started having severe abdominal pain. After many tests at the local hospital I was referred to a new bariatric surgeon since the doctor who did my surgery left the area many years ago.

An endoscopy in June showed that my lap band was 50% eroded. It is September and I am still waiting for surgery to remove the band.

My doctor would like the surgery to be done endoscopically, which should happen soon. But I am worried about whether this procedure is safe and would like to know what caused the erosion in the first place.

Thanks for any help you can provide!

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More information about lap band erosion

by: Jeff

Hi Shannon,

Take a look at this Lap Band Erosion page. It includes general information about the complication, and there are some interesting Facebook posts by others at the bottom of that page.

Good luck!

Jeff

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