lap band broken?????
on 10/7/11 5:22 am
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I doubt they would work to repair a broken band, but may want to replace it.
How long have you had your band? How is your restriction? Are you at goal or still hoping to lose?
Depending on the answers to some of those questions, you may want to seriously consider using this surgery as a time to revise (if the band hasn't damaged the stomach and a revision is possible in the same surgery) to a different surgery type.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to require follow-up surgery to repair, replace, or remove the band. Been there, done that myself.
Best of luck and keep us updated!
on 10/7/11 9:40 am
I found a specialist who determined that my stomach was twisted, intestines kinked, etc. I had to have emergency surgery.
After another corrective surgery, I opted for band removal. The amount of damage it was causing was incredible.
You should hit up the Revisions forum. Lots of people have bands removed and revise to another surgery. If you have damage to your stomach, esophagus or other organs, you may have to wait to heal first.
If your band is not working properly, they would most likely replace it and not fix it.
Good luck. I hope it all works out well for you. If you continue having the pain in your stomach, please consider band removal. The pain is an indication that something is being damaged and you don't want it to get worse.
Avoid kemmerling, Green Bay, WI
on 12/12/11 1:53 pm
Disconnected? From your stomach...? As in...floating free in your abdomen? Yikes, no wonder you had bad stomach pain.
I wouldn't re-use that band. I'd save it, hire me an attorney, and have a nice long chat with the band manufacturer and the surgeon. And I probably wouldn't get another band (certainly not the same brand) or even use the same surgeon to do further WLS on me. Something's got to be majorly wrong - a defective band, poor surgical technique.
Good luck, and keep us posted...
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on 10/7/11 2:56 pm
If it's touching any nerve system, you're bound to have extreme pain. Even with the band in proper working order, parts of it can kind of "migrate" and irritate nerves, too. Any foreign body that is introduced to areas of the body that is soft tissue can cause a lot of problems, whether people want to believe it or not. It's not the same as a knee replacement or a crown on a tooth. The gut is soft and in constant motion. A foreign body introduces friction... and it's a recipe for disaster.
Avoid kemmerling, Green Bay, WI
on 12/12/11 1:51 pm
So, it is possible for a lap band to become broken, and it is possible for the tubing to get lodged in another area of your abdomen (not just around the stomach).