Severe Side Pain, Diarrhea and Hard Stomach 7 Years After Lap Band Surgery

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Evelyn V. (a patient from Newville, PA, USA)

I had the lap band for about 7 years, I only lost 50 pounds and I threw up all the time. In April 2012 I had emergency surgery due to severe pain for 8 months in my side. My doctors said there couldn’t be anything in that area that was causing me pain, so I just put up with the pain which would come and go.

Then I was out of town for the weekend and it hit hard… I had diarrhea and pain in my side and my stomach was as hard as a rock. Came home went straight to family doctor on Monday morning and he sent me to a surgeon and ordered a CAT Scan.
Nothing showed up but my wonderful lady surgeon knew there was something wrong.

She sent me to ER for another CAT Scan but this time had me drink the chalk. Within just a few swallows the radiologist saw the problem. My stomach was twisted over my lap band and was getting ready to shut my organs down.

The doctor says I’m lucky to be alive. I spent one week in the hospital with tubes down my nose, and I couldn’t eat or drink for almost a week.

Then I got staff infection. My whole stomach lay wide open. I had to go to a wound doctor who put me on a wound vac that needed to be changed daily for over 6 weeks.

It healed up, but my stomach has a large gap straight up and down and I gained so much weight over my stomach that I can’t stoop over or do a lot of other things. I have pain all the time, and it has effected my legs and knees from carrying so much weight. Now I have lumps all through my stomach… the surgeon said he can’t take them all out. I am 59 years old.


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by: Jessica

Thank you for your story. I wish people would read things like this before they get one. I'm having similar issues and my upper GI is scheduled for tomorrow. I pray it's not as severe as yours and I hope you are better now. Lap band has too many complications and not a lot of weight loss down the road. Although no one could have talked me out of it at the time. But my God people please please listen and learn from stories like this before getting one!

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by: Jenny Gaggero

2011 I had the surgery. I lost about 40lbs. I would get stuck on everything and then after I threw up I could eat like nothing.

I still was hospitalized twice for dehydration. I had my band loosened because I was tired of staring at toilets while I barfed in restaurant bathrooms in 2016.

I let my Dr know I had side pain plus discomfort where my port was. He said with it loosened and I should be fine. Over halfway loosened, and I still feel pain.. at my port.. which is more like soar/pulled muscle pain. I've been to the er twice for pain in right side.. nothing.

Gallbladder and appendix are already removed. Now i have an appt tomorrow with a lap band surgeon to go over my chalky upper gi results. My right side kills. In the last month it's become something I can't ignore.

Help I can’t stand the pain.

by: Right Flank Pain in Canon City

I’m having intolerable side pain. ER and Urgent care say nothing wrong. Post Complete Bariatric Bypass 2014. In July 2017, had a bowel blockage surgery and was discharged with 2 locations of staff infection. I learned in Jan. 2018 of a ulcer at the Jejunam.

My side started hurting several months ago. It had started to ease up and about 8 days ago it became unbearable to function at times. I am just laying still for a few days, but don’t know what is wrong...Anyone?

Me too

by: Laura

I’m sitting here with a stomach ache reading your stories. Why won’t the doctors listen to us? I was having the worst heartburn you can imagine so the PA attempted to draw fluid from the band, I should have had 4.5cc but he could only draw 1.5cc and it hurt so bad I was crying like a baby, it never hurt in the 4 yrs I’ve had the band.

Where is the other 3cc? I had an upper GI and it showed no slippage. But I have started to have tummy aches several times a day along with port pain on occasion. It’s really affecting my mental health,

I watch the scale constantly because I’m afraid to have more fluid put in because of the pain. They treat us like we are just babies, that we don’t know our bodies. I see my PCP tomorrow, I’m praying he listens and helps me, I’m at a breaking point physically and mentally. I hate my lapband and am hoping for a conversion.

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