Is It Possible to Be Allergic to the Lap Band?

I am allergic to adhesive and Latex (among other things). What are chances of being allergic to the Lap-Band and how will I know?

Doctor Answers 4

Latex allergy with lap band surgery

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You should discuss this with your surgeon. The primary components of the implant are made of silicone which is typically used in latex-allergic patients so I don't see this as a problem but surgeon's may use latex gloves and other supplies that may contain latex or other adhesives so I would review this with your surgeon.

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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No allergies reported with the Lap-Band

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No, there have never been reported allergic reactions the Lap-Band. It is made of an inert material called silastic that is not recognized by the body and therefore not susceptible to reactions.

Christopher S. Cobourn, MD
Mississauga Bariatric Surgeon

Allergy to Lap-Band

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The Lap-Band is made of silicone and is totally inert to your body.  You can not be allergic to the Lap-Band.  There is no latex in the Lap-Band.

Shawn Garber, MD

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Lap Band is Hypoallergenic

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The LapBand is made of silicone and is hypoallergenic.  If you have a latex allergy the lap band will not affect you.  I have never seen a case of anyone being allergic to the LapBand.

David Buchin, MD
Long Island Bariatric Surgeon

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