Beware bariatric surgery complications

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) With any type of weight loss effort, you always want success… whether its a new diet or bariatric surgery. Our expert in weight loss, Dr. Paul Kemmeter from Mercy Health, says while gastric bands are one way to lose weight, there are some complications to watch out for.

Gastric bands first became available in the U.S. in 2001 with the introduction of the Lap-Band. In 2007, the Realize band gained FDA approval. Popularity of the procedure grew five-fold between 2007 and 2012. There are numerous problems associated with gastric bands, including slips, erosion, and slow or minimal weight loss.

Symptoms of band slippage include problems swallowing, nausea, vomiting, and acid reflux.

Symptoms of band erosion include increased feelings of hunger, weight gain, and infection or abscess at the port site.

In 2012, nearly 27% of all gastric restrictive procedures were for revision or complete removal of the band. No gastric band procedures were done at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s were done in 2013.

To learn more about healthy weight loss, join Mercy Health Saint Mary’s for one of their free weight-loss seminars. Visit the Mercy Health website or call (888) 722-8984 for more information.

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