I had my lap band procedure three years ago, lost 90 pounds and loved the whole experience. Gradually over the past year I started having GERD-like symptoms to the point that I sleep in a chair and wake up every thirty minutes coughing and chocking. I have a sour stomach most of the time, and can’t hold much food down most days.
I have been working with my primary doc who referred me to a gastroenterologist and I just had and EGD. My esophagus is dilated and extremely irritated, my pouch is very small and the opening for my band was so small that it was almost swollen shut.
I am now on full liquids and am scheduled for a barium scope, but the doc says I need to go back to my band surgeon and have the fill reduced or the band taken out. This terrifies me because I know I do not have any air in my balloon… after surgery we kept adjusting till all air was out.
Can the band be moved back into position, without removing completely? And if so, can it be done laparoscopically?