Burping Followed by Metal or Blood Taste 5 Years After Lap Band Surgery

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WAM (a patient from Eastaboga, AL)

I had the lap band surgery about 5-6 years ago and have had several adjustments. Have not had really any problems from my surgery, if I eat too fast and don’t chew enough I get what I like to describe as blocked and it either passes or I throw up.

But lately I get a burning discomfort when I go to sleep and then when I wake up I start burping and it tastes like metal or blood. Can anyone tell me what this is? I’ve taken Gaviscon liquid, Tums and Rolaids with no relief. Should I be worried? Any suggestions?

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Expert Responses to the Question Above

RE: Burping followed by Metal or Blood taste 5 years post op lapband

by: Arif Ahmad, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.R.C.S.


I would recommend you seeing a bariatric surgeon immediately. They should perform an upper GI or an EGD to see what the problem is. It is probably band slipping or pouch dilation.

This can only be confirmed by visiting a bariatric surgeon.

I hope you feel better,
Dr. Ahmad

long island bariatric surgeon

(click here for Dr. Ahmad's full bio & contact info)

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Patient Responses to the Question Above

same thing bloody a metal taste after burp

by: Anonymous

Im experiencing the exact same thing as youre describing also 5 years after lapband. Whatever happened to you?

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