Obstructive symptoms associated with the Lap-Band in the first 24 hours

S. M. Patel, K. Shapiro, Z. Abdo, G. S. Ferzli

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Background: The Lap-Band is a gastric restrictive procedure for the treatment of morbid obesity. We review the etiology of obstructive complications that present in the first postoperative 24 h. Methods: Fifty-six Lap-Band procedures were performed by one surgeon between January and September 2002. Results: Six patients presented with obstruction within 24 h of surgery: gastric slippage in three patients, gastric edema in one patient, and esophageal hypomotility in two patients. Conclusions: Placing the band in an esophagogastric position as per Belachew and Weiner reduced our incidence of gastric slippage to none. Endoscopy with placement of a nasogastric feeding tube can relieve obstruction caused by esophageal hypomotility. Gastric edema with no clinical signs of obstruction will resolve with time. Clinicians must be aware of the unique complications that come with the advent of this new procedure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-55
Number of pages5
JournalSurgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Edema
  • Lap-Band
  • Obstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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