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Serious complications are rare, but as with any medical procedure there are possible short-term side effects


The gastric band operation is carried out under general anaesthesia and lasts for only 20 minutes, with patients usually leaving hospital within 36 hours. The patient should follow the strict instructions for the two month period after surgery to minimize complications. You can also follow up with our dietician as required.

Initially you will be adjusting to your new metabolism. Should you eat too much or eat too quickly, then you may experience discomfort and possible vomiting. By listening to your body, you will soon adapt. if you have any concerns please contact us and we will advise accordingly. It is unlikely you will vomit if you follow our guldlines.

Many patients experience some constipation after surgery. This is mainly caused by the reduced food intake leading to fewer bowel movements. If laxatives become necessary, we recommend the use of liquid laxatives, such as lactulose.

Hair loss:
Some patients report increased hair loss during the first six months post surgery. This is temporary and normal hair growth will return. Taking a multi-vitamin containing vitamin B will prevent hair loss.

An infection would require a prolonged hospital stay and may require re-operation and even removal of the band usually through the original openings. Infections are very rare, and five times less in surgical hospitals such as the AZ Jan Portaels which by definition does not accept patients with chronic diseases or chronic infections unlike general hospitals.

Band Problems:
Although we use the latest improved CE (and FDA) approved bands.These bands have been tried and tested to try and get rid of the problems of older bands. It is thought that the new style bands will last for the patients life. They are guaranteed for two years as long as you use Chris and his team for aftercare.

Band Migration:
Migration occurs when the band and balloon migrates through the stomach wall into the stomach lumen. Because of the careful aftercare you receive and our skill in carrying out refills, we have had no case of band migration.

Port Problems:
Two types of minor port problems can materialise and involve around 1% of cases. The first is dislocation of the port. It may move into a non injectable position. It is thus necessary to adjust it through a simple operation under local anaesthesia. The second problem is from perforation of the connecting tube close to the port. This leads to loss of fluid, widening of the opening and causing subsequent weight gain. Again, this can be corrected under local anaesthesia. We recommend you only use Chris and his team as they are highly experienced in the band fills and will not perforate the band.

New generation bands as used by our surgeon reduce the risk of some band slippage to less than 1%. Any occurrence is managed by laparoscopic repositioning of the band or by placing a new band higher up.

Serious complications are very rare:
Our surgeon is vastly experienced with this kind of surgery, having performed more than 5000 gastric banding operations, which makes him the leading Gastric Band surgeon in Europe. All operations carry risks,but the health risks are mininal in comparison to long term obesity.