How can I keep from vomiting up certain foods after having a lap band procedure done in January 2011?
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Vomiting 5 years after LapBAND
Another thing that can happen, besides slippage and erosion, is concentric pouch dilation. In this instance the stomach slowly pushes up through the band to make the pouch bigger. This makes the band tighter, and makes it more difficult to eat.
How do you figure out the problem? Simple. Get an upper GI x-ray, which will easily show what is going on. It always scares me when patients say they have stopped going back to the surgeon. LapBAND can only be successful if you get regular follow-up. The surgeon is your weight loss partner. He is on your side. He is there to help you and keep you out of trouble. Please see your surgeon and have him figure out what, if anything, is wrong.
By the way, if the band is removed, it is quite possible to do another operation such as sleeve gastrectomy, which will get you to your goal weight very quickly.
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