Lap Band Port and Band Not Connected

by Justin R.
(Southwick, MA, USA)


I had a band put in 2 years ago and was successful – I lost 250 pounds. Last August I went for a routine fill. I was unable to hold food down so I went to get it loosened a bit.

A week later I got a huge growth on the port site, it was an infection. The port had to be removed.

I went back in for surgery and had a new port put in (September). January 9th I had a CT scan for kidney stones and found out that the port and band are NOT connected.

Is this a normal problem?

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Bariatric surgeon at CBGSA, Arcadia, California

by: Dr. Troy LaMar

Justin R,

Sure sounds like you have done well with your band.

Unfortunately, while a port disconnecting from the band tubing is not a common occurrence, it certainly can happen.....

It should, however, be something that is readily fixable....

I would recommend seeing your surgeon, and he/she will have to reconnect it....

Good Luck,
Troy LaMar MD.

los angeles bariatric surgeon

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by: Susan

My lap band disconnected twice. The hose came apart from the port. The hose wrapped around my spleen and caused damage. Huge scar tissue buildup they think. I also have severe spasms where the port was. The gastric doc says they can not do anything for it.

I am in constant pain. I'm in a group of thousands who have had severe complications from this device. We are suffering and no one cares. It's all about the money. The lap band is a faulty device. They sold us on "reversible with minimal damage" ... although many have severe damage.

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