Gastric banding complications are rare, however this form of weight loss surgery is not always without complications. The weight of the patient and his/her other health conditions can sometimes have a role to play.
As with any surgical procedure, there are associated risks to the patient. Whilst your Surgeon will endeavour to minimise risks, complications may occur which may have permanent effects.
There are risks that are common to all types of operations.
These risks increase with age, weight and whether the patient has a heart condition, diabetes or hypertension. Risks include cardiovascular problems such as heart attack or thrombosis.
Another possible risk is infection of the wounds or failure of the wounds to heal properly (approximately 2%). Wound infection can be a problem for all patients undergoing a bariatric operation, but is more likely to occur in patients with diabetes. Special measures involving antibiotics and skin antiseptics will be used to ensure that these problems remain at a minimum.
Gastric Band Surgery is very safe, however complications can occur in a small number of patients with this form of weight loss surgery. It is important that you fully understand the risks associated with and discuss this matter with your Surgeon before you decide to have this operation. There are no guarantees that the Gastric Band will work without fault for the rest of your life. However, extensive use of the Gastric Band since 1985 demonstrates that it works well and can be complication free giving long term weight loss results.