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.
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.
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).
on 12/1/13 11:28 am
By this time, I hope everything has resolved for you. Did you end up getting a new band placed? I would like to hear what ended up happening.
My band broke 7/31/13 when my medical provider was palpating my abdomen for diverticulitis (I don't know why she was in the upper left quadrant as the diverticulitis pain is in the lower area of the abdomen). I had had a CT scan in June for my diverticulitis and nothing remarkable was seen, but after being sent to a surgeon & then another CT scan showed a broken band. When it broke I was in extreme pain also--the saline solution emptying into the abdominal cavity was like putting salt on a wound. The band broke where the tube between the port and band disconnected from the port. The CT scan showed it hanging into my pelvis. A lot of pain.
B/c of my lengthy history of diverticulitis the bariatric surgeon I am seeing said he couldn't put in another band due to the high likelihood of me needing a bowel resection in the future. The likelihood of it becoming contaminated was very high & the possibility of the band itself slipping is higher on the second placement. He said it's not that unusual for there to be a breakage of a band. I am scheduled later this month to have it removed and he will do a sleeve on me. In the meantime, just this weekend, I believe the other end of the tube has disconnected and I've been experiencing the same kind of burning pain all throughout my abdomen :(