Lap Band Port and Band Not Connected

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Justin R. (a patient from Southwick, MA, USA)

I had a band put in 2 years ago and was successful – I lost 250 pounds. Last August I went for a routine fill. I was unable to hold food down so I went to get it loosened a bit.

A week later I got a huge growth on the port site, it was an infection. The port had to be removed.

I went back in for surgery and had a new port put in (September). January 9th I had a CT scan for kidney stones and found out that the port and band are NOT connected.

Is this a normal problem?

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Expert Responses to the Question Above

Bariatric surgeon at CBGSA , Arcadia , California

by: Dr. Troy LaMar

Justin R,

Sure sounds like you have done well with your band.

Unfortunately, while a port disconnecting from the band tubing is not a common occurrence, it certainly can happen.....

It should, however, be something that is readily fixable....

I would recommend seeing your surgeon, and he/she will have to reconnect it....

Good Luck,
Troy LaMar MD.

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

Disconnection

by: Susan

My lap band disconnected twice. The hose came apart from the port. The hose wrapped around my spleen and caused damage. Huge scar tissue buildup they think. I also have severe spasms where the port was. The gastric doc says they can not do anything for it.

I am in constant pain. I'm in a group of thousands who have had severe complications from this device. We are suffering and no one cares. It's all about the money. The lap band is a faulty device. They sold us on "reversible with minimal damage" ... although many have severe damage.

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