All surgical procedures carry risks and, while the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band in general carries fewer risks than many other forms of weight loss surgery, there are nevertheless risks which you must be aware of before deciding to undergo surgery. Here we look at some of the general risks but it should be emphasized that each patient will also encounter risks specific to their own case and these will be explained to you by your surgeon.
Gastric band risks can be broadly divided into two categories – the risks associated with the surgery itself and the risk of post-operative complications.
The first and most important risk is that of death which can occur either during or following surgery. In the case of gastric band surgery this risk is extremely low and indeed, (more…)