Is Lapband Surgery as risky as it sounds?

Is Lapband Surgery as risky as it sounds?

Lapband Surgery
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Lapband Surgery as risky as it sounds? How often do you purchase over the counter (OTC) medication for a simple ailment? Have you ever really looked at the leaflet that came with it? If you have, then you will be aware of the long list of possible side effects. Yet, did that stop you from taking them? Unfortunately, we live in a world where everyone wants to sue someone for something. As a result, if anything causes an injury, the manufacturer can guarantee that they will end up in court. This is exactly what has been happening with the lapband and why it is, in fairness, so important that you research lap band procedures.

The Real Risks

The reality is that there is no such thing as a safe medical procedure. And, the more overweight you are, the more likely it becomes that you will suffer such a risk. The question is, however, which risks these are, and how likely it really is that you will suffer them.

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It is true that all weight loss surgery is getting safer, but risks continue to exist and complications, while rare, continue to exist. However, by now, it is believed that the risk of having a serious complication is about as big as that of being hit by a bus. In other words, most people would say that the potential risks outweigh the benefits.

Lap band surgery was initially approved in this country in 2001.  As a result, it is actually difficult to find out what the long term risks are. However, there is good evidence to suggest that there are little to no negative short term risks. In initial studies, there have been no fatalities linked directly to lap band surgery. Serious complications have been below 1%.

However, the procedure certainly isn’t minor and it is likely that you will have at least one minor complication. In fact, around 90% of patients do. However, most of the time, these are treatable conditions that aren’t life threatening. Some of the common problems include:

  • Regurgitation

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Deflation or slippage of the band

  • Obstruction of the stoma

Usually, by controlling diet and medication, these issues can be resolved. Other times, the band will have to be removed. Luckily, lap band surgery is fully reversible, so this is not actually a problem.

When you take OTC medication, you know that there are possible side effects and risks. The statistics show that these risks are also very real. Yet you still take them, because you know they will make you feel better. The same is true for the lap band. You feel bad because you are obese and you know that things will get worse if they are not treated. Having a lap band is not an easy solution and it is likely that you will have to make significant and difficult lifestyle adjustments and that you will also suffer some discomfort as a result of your surgical procedure. However, overall, this is simply worth it.

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