How Many Times Can a Lap Band Be Filled?

Is there a limit to how many times a Lap Band can be filled?

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How many times can a Lap-Band be filled?

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There is no limit to the number of times a band can be filled or defilled.  The adjustment port has a self sealing port that does not leak, even with repeated punctures in the same spot.  We recommend that a special type of needle with a Huber tip be used when doing the adjustments to further minimize the risk of problems.

Mississauga Bariatric Surgeon

Lap-Band number of fills

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There is no limit to the number of fills you can have.  There is a limit to how much fluid the band can hold depending on the type of band which was placed.

Life span of a lap band port vs fills

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The port of a lap band is designed to be accessed multiple times (probably >50) using a proper needle. The main factor as to number of fills is the amount of fluid that is injected into the band per fill session and the volume that the lap band can hold in a particular patient. Some patients reach an appropriate control of their cravings with four to five fills, and some requiring more or less.

Ricardo M. Bonnor, MD, FACS
Houston General Surgeon

Life span of lap band access port

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The diaphragms on the fill port are intended to be accessed hundreds of times if the proper needles are utilized to avoid damage to the silicone.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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