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!