Dilated esophagus and achalasia after lap band surgery
Dilated esophagus with retained column of barium and “bird’s beaking” suggestive of achalasia
I was recently hospitalized for aspiration pneumonia. They thought it was related to the lap band, so they took it out. The GI doctor did and EGD and said I have a dilated esophagus and achalasia, and I am seeing him Monday to follow up.
I am wondering what to expect. Will this go away now that the band is out?
The docs said the band placement was fine and I had no fill for years. I believe the problem was not the result of a too tight band, rather a reaction to the band itself since the esophageal spasms started within the few months of band placement, before I had a fill. At the time I thought it was just normal and just the way it felt to have a band.
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