Lap Band not working after almost 5 successful years.
New York, NY
3 years ago
Maintained weight of 140 or 4 1/2 years. Suddenly lost any feeling of restriction. Surgeon ordered xray, found the pouch was not larger , but chalk fluid went right through. He did a fill then checked it 6 weeks later and IT was fixed. It is NOT fixed. Still no restriction, not feeling full and can eat even large bites without chewing thoroughly. I know what it feels like when the band it working. What could possibly cause this? What can I do to discover the problem.
Doctor Answers 2
Leak from device, Erosion
I think your doctor should consider an endoscopy to ensure there is no erosion. Was all the fluid present in the band that was expected? There could be a leak and the band is not holding the fluid.
Loss of restriction with lapband
There are several possibilities. There could be a leak in the system. Has your surgeon checked to verify that the system has the expected amount of fluid in it?
Another possibility is erosion of the band into the stomach. Often this needs to be diagnosed with an endoscopy.
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