Vomiting / Regurgitation
Patients may have trouble adjusting to new eating habits. Some repeatedly eat too quickly or eat too much and then regurgitate. Our follow-up RESHAPE Programme includes six consultations with our specialist dietitian who will assist with your diet after gastric banding surgery.
Infection of the port
An infection may develop in the port area or abdomen and in some instances the infection may involve the band. If this is the case, then further surgery may be necessary. It is very important that you do not let anyone apart from your surgeon or a bariatric physician inject or remove fluid from your port. Infections can occur if the proper aseptic technique is not employed.
Infection of the wound or band
This is a relatively uncommon (approximately 1-2%) complication but would need treatment that consists of drainage of the infection, antibiotics, possible removal of the band, catheter and port.
Leakage from the gastric band or from the connecting tube between the balloon and the port may occur.
Please remember it is important that only an experienced person such as your surgeon or bariatric physician be allowed to manipulate the amount of fluid in your band. In the event of leakage, the gastric band will normally be replaced with a new one. This will involve further surgery.