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Adjustable Gastric Band Removal


What do I need to know about adjustable gastric band removal?

Your band may need to be removed if it has eroded (moved) into the stomach. The band may also need to be removed if there is a break or leak, or it has slipped out of place.

How do I prepare for gastric band removal?

Your healthcare provider will talk to you about how to prepare for surgery. He may tell you not to eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of your surgery. He will tell you what medicines to take or not take on the day of your surgery. Arrange to have someone drive you home and stay with you to make sure you are okay.

What will happen during gastric band removal?

You may be given general anesthesia to keep you asleep and free from pain during surgery. Your surgeon will make small incisions in your abdomen. He or she will cut and remove the gastric band. The incisions will be closed with stitches or medical tape.

What will happen after gastric band removal?

You may be sent home the same day or you may need to stay overnight.

What are the risks of gastric band removal?

You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. You may gain weight after your band is removed. You may get a blood clot in your arm or leg. This may become life-threatening.

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