Can you lose so much weight that the port becomes too long?

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Laurie (a patient from Streator, Ill)

I have lost 180 pounds since my band surgery 5 yrs ago. My port is sticking out about an inch right under my rib cage. It is VERY uncomfortable.

I am going to the surgeons in a week and was just curious if it could be because the port is too long. Anyone know if this is possible?

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Bariatric surgeon at CBGSA , Arcadia , California

by: Dr. Troy LaMar

Hi Laurie,

I don't have much to add to what Beth told you....

You might be able to find a surgeon who could change the port to a lower profile port.....

Good Luck,
Troy LaMar MD

los angeles bariatric surgeon

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Your story is common

by: Beth

Hi, Laurie. It's not that your port is too long or big, it's that when it was inserted, we were much heavier. It is placed not terribly far under the skin, on top (I believe) of the layer of muscle but under the layer of fat. Once we lose the fat, the port can have a tendency to stick out.I have heard of some people going in for a port revision if it's uncomfortable or a nuisance.Hope this helps, and congratulations on such a great weight loss!


by: Patrick

Hi Laurie,

Do you have any updates on your situation?

There is another page on this website that covers LAP-BAND complications.


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