Excessive Gas 8 Months After Lap Band Surgery

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Why do I have so much gas 8 month after lap band surgery? Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Expert Responses to the Question Above

Bariatric surgeon at CBGSA , Arcadia , California

by: Dr. Troy LaMar

Hi There,

Not sure if you have had gas all along after your band, but not too uncommon. Can occur from the protein shakes, "gassy" foods, e.g. broccoli, cauliflower, whole grains, carbonated drinks, etc.

Try to take note when it happens the most and if related to certain foods, stay away from those. Mylicon or anti-gas meds are ok to try too.If however, you have abdominal pain associated with this, then you should contact your bariatric surgeon to make sure nothing else is going on, e.g. band slippage.

Hope that helps some, and good luck with your weight loss journey.

Take care,
Troy LaMar M.D.

los angeles bariatric surgeon

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

DISCLAIMER: This educational advice is based on the depth of your question and the details provided. The above should never replace the advice of your local physicians as they have the ability to evaluate you in person.

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Patient Responses to the Question Above

Have you asked the experts?

by: Lonicera

I can only go by my own experience, so don't know if it will help you.

Forgive me if this is obvious to you, but you don't say what you're doing about it.

Pain caused by gas after gastric band surgery is bizarre because it gets trapped in the weirdest of places.

Ask your bariatric nurse and surgeon about it, because there's no question you can ask them that they won't have heard before.

They'll ask you questions to establish whether it's within the normal range, and if it is, then the next thing is to devise exercises that will get the gas moving - whatever you can manage.

Try to work through the pain.

At the same time look at what you're eating, in case you're making it worse by eating nuts, pulses, sweetcorn, too many grains... etc.

Tell us how you're getting on? Good luck to you.


Excessive gas 8 months after lap band surgery

by: Jamie

I too have an excessive amount of gas 9 months after lap band surgery. It's not the gas pain you get after surgery, that gas is a different kind of gas (and is very painful!) This is just gas ALL the time, ALL day long!! It's very embarrassing! Any suggestions??

Excessive gas

by: Michele

I too have the same issue. It's horrible. I never had gas like this before and its not what I am eating/drinking...it's everything.

I can drink water and I suffer. Prior to surgery, I was on 3 different types of acid reflux medications. Since surgery, I no longer suffer.

I explained to my surgeon about the excessive painful gas. He suggested that I go back on 150mg of Zantac. It helps a lot. I still get gas, but it's no longer painful and I get rid of it quickly. Hope this helps.

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