I am worried that I have a slipped band, but how can I know for sure?
I had lap band surgery in January 2010 and have had really bad reflux lately (as in coming down my nose) and it always occurs at night.
I have also developed a persistent cough that’s not helping with the vomiting.
Is the reflux connected to my band?
How do you know if your band has slipped? What are the symptoms? How does it feel? How can I find out for sure?
What do I do if it has? If it hasn’t, how can I improve the nighttime reflux?
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Chest X-ray show slippage?
Can a chest X-ray show band slippage?
The way I knew something was wrong was I was throwing up while asleep it running out of my nose when lying down Terrible stomach pain where my port is. Throwing up whole chunks of food. No feelings of restriction when I was tightened. The main thing is the pain at my port site. My doctor did a barium swallow test and it showed the slip. But anytime you feel pain tell your doctor right away.
Thankyou all for your comments , my band had slipped, it had eroded into my stomach . I had been doing so well , I had 5 stone off in 18 mys , unfortunately I am struggling now, to stay at a healthy weight . I have 21/2 stone on again .
Your symptoms sound just like my daughter's.
She is currently in the hospital on life support.
This is very serious.
She had seen her primary care for heartburn, a pulmonologist for the cough, was a month on prednisone for the cough and went through allergy testing.
She went to the ER feeling something was wrong.
She was admitted because her electrolytes were so low.
An upper GI the following day showed the problem to be the slipped band.
They were working to get her electrolytes back where they should before surgery to remove the band when she (still in the hospital mind you) aspirated while vomiting.
The stomach acid caused chemical burns to her lungs.
She has been on a ventilator for 9 days now.
I hope you can avoid what she has been through.