• Jacqueline Dower

Why Gastric Bands Don't Work

Updated: Jan 27, 2020

We all look to the easy answers in life, it's human nature to take the easy route. However, having a gastric band is not an easy route to lose weight.

Why would you put yourself through major surgery when it could be so easily avoided, by taking action and ownership of your problem?

It's not the magic solution that so many people believe it to be, with many surgeons now not offering the quick fix that clients want.

We all see the after pictures of people losing dramatic amounts of weight quickly, but you don’t hear about is the times it goes wrong or the side effects attached to having the band. Also what about the baggy skin that is left just hanging, having to have more surgery to remove the excess skin.

Hypnotherapy can help you with your weight loss taking you on the road to weight loss without surgery. Hypnosis helps give you the will power that you thought you lost and train your brain to hear and recognise the fact that you are not interested in overeating or having cravings.

Below is a list of what can go wrong if you have gastric surgery and it’s not immediate it can take place many years after surgery.

  • You can vomit up to 4 times a day for many years after surgery

  • You liquid intake is dramatically reduced and can cause dehydration

  • Choose of food is dramatically reduced· If you eat fat then you will vomit

  • Lack of food = lack nutrients taking into your body can cause malnutrition

  • It can take a long time to adjust the band's fluids to lose weight

  • Gastric band slippage 1/50 patients causing blockages

  • Suffer from heartburn, nausea and vomiting·

  • Band Erosion 2-9% of patients -side effect occurs when the band erodes through the outer stomach wall right into the inside portion of the stomach. This makes the procedure less effective: patients often find themselves feeling hungrier because the Band doesn’t restrict the size of the stomach as well. Band erosion can also cause progressive infection in some cases, which can be life-threatening.· Band Intolerance (at least 6.9% of patients) Because the band is a foreign object, your body may not respond well to it. Your body might develop excessive scar tissue. Band intolerance can result in progressive nausea, vomiting and reflux that may not permit fills. Even worse, these symptoms may not improve when the fill fluid is removed. In these cases, the only solution is band removal.

  • Port or Band Infection 4% of patients - Because the band hardware is a foreign body, there will always be a small chance of the port or band becoming infected. An infection often requires band and port removal.· Band Slippage 1-22% of patients - complication can produce vomiting and acid reflux. It is caused when the band slips out of the correct place, usually downward on the stomach. Although the good surgical technique can reduce the slip risk somewhat, this risk can never be fully eliminated. Even when the slip is corrected, over half of the patients experience recurrence. Often, this requires band removal to fix this problem.

  • Esophageal Dilation 14% of patients - Esophageal dilation is an enlarging of the oesophagus, which can occur 5-7 years after your band has been placed. As the oesophagus dilates it begins to lose its normal function of pushing food downward toward the stomach. At the same time, the valve between the oesophagus and the stomach can become less effective. This can lead to difficulty swallowing, vomiting, and worsening heartburn (or acid reflux).· Food Trapping 2% of patients - complication occurs because, even in the absence of a band slip, pieces of food can be still be caught in the narrowed stomach opening constricted by the band and scar tissue. This gastric band problem can be caused by eating inappropriate foods or not chewing well. However, it can also be caused by sudden altitude changes, which cause the stomach to swell and makes the band too tight. It can also be caused by a build-up of scar tissue, which can be some peoples’ responses to the introduction of a foreign body. Patients often have to vomit the stuck food back up. In some cases, you may not be able to tolerate eating or drinking again until fluid is removed from your band.

  • Pouch Dilation 4-9% of patients -The stomach can sometimes stretch above the band, which makes the band less effective. This complication makes your stomach effectively larger, leading to out-of-control hunger that can cause weight to regain.

  • Band or Port Leak Hardware Failure 4% of patients - Sometimes the inner balloon portion of the band or the tubing near the port can break down and leak the fill fluid. This means that your band can no longer hold its fill volumes. This loosens the band, meaning that it can’t constrict your stomach. Can leave you feeling hungrier and can ultimately lead to weight regain. A band balloon leak can be diagnosed by injecting contrast fluid into the band, which will show up on X-ray. Your doctor will then take an X-ray to see if this fluid is present outside of the gastric banding system. A band or port leak can only be corrected surgically, and there is no guarantee that it will not reoccur in the future.· Port Problems 20% of patient - Port Flip or Inversion: The anchors of the port used to fill the gastric band can come loose, allowing the port to physically flip on its side or even upside down. This can make it difficult or impossible for your doctor to access this port for band fills and refills. This gastric band complication often requires a surgical procedure to revise the port and its anchor system.· Unfortunately, these gastric band problems are not rare. In most cases, they are also not preventable once a band has been placed. Several international studies show that 25-50% of Lap Bands need to be removed in the first 5 years alone, due to complications. There is no way to tell ahead of time which patients will suffer from band failure.

Why put yourself through all this surgery, with the right information and help with hypnotherapy you can get the results you want.

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