Complication began February 2015, I was experiencing a feeling of being stuck and neither food nor saliva would stay down, it was believed by myself that a slow release antibiotic tablet being taken for a kidney infection was the cause.
Five days after this started I went to emergency to discover that the injection portal was flipped upside down and they could not turn it around without surgery. Once that was done I thought it was all okay. After 5 days the staples were removed and 5 days after that the wound was leaking, I was back and forth to emergency, at which point the tube from port to band was peeking out of the wound which had completely opened. Now it had to be removed.
I was told that I could no longer have a band and that the next recommended option is the gastric sleeve.
My concern is that as I have had the band the surgeon claims that the internal scarring puts me at about 2x the risk for complications.
I have already gained back 50lbs from the 100 I had lost and I am physically ailing no matter what I do.
I have 2 young children and I am worried that this surgery may cause either severe complication or death.
What is the actual percentage of risk (I have read that there may be a 5-12% chance of severe complications), and have there been many documented cases that have gone severely wrong? Because of my children this is a very hard decision and even my surgeon has told me to take more time to think about it.
Would appreciate your insight, making the decision for the band was much easier than this one, and I find there is little reassurance that things would go well versus not.