As with all other major surgeries, gastric bands also come with their share of risks. The most common problem after the surgery is nausea and vomiting, which can be reduced by adjusting the tightness of the band.
While complications will not be experienced after the surgery, it is important that you understand the potential risks linked to it. First, the device takes a longer period to give weight loss results, unlike most other surgical procedures.
It also requires one to hold a foreign object within the body, and this can lead to discomfort for some patients. To guarantee successful results, patients are required to adhere to a certain diet, failure to which mechanical problems with the tube could be suffered. A small percentage of patients also experience band slippage or erosion in the stomach.
It is critical to understand that a majority of complications happen when patients fail to comply with the guidelines of the physician. Gastric banding has passed through rigorous post-approval safety studies and is medically approved.