Smoking after lap band surgery - what happens? - Bariatric Surgery Source

Smoking after lap band surgery – what happens?

Don't Smoke After Weight Loss Surgery

Don't Smoke After Weight Loss Surgery


I had my surgery on December 29, 2010. Six months after my surgery I started smoking occasionally. I smoke about 1 pack of cigarettes every 3 or 4 days.

What will happen to my band by smoking after my surgery?

Comments for Smoking after lap band surgery – what happens?

Click here to add your own comments

Bariatric surgeon at CBGSA , Arcadia , California

by: Dr. Troy LaMar

Hi there,

In addition to all of the bad things you already know about in terms of general health risks with smoking…Smoking after any weight loss surgery places you at significant risk of developing an ulcer in your pouch.

Specific to the band, it puts you at a much higher risk of developing a band erosion which will require the band’s removal.

Good luck,

Troy LaMar MD

los angeles bariatric surgeon

(click here for Dr. LaMar's full bio & contact info)

P.S. If you've found my recommendations or this website helpful, please share on your favorite social media platform or tell a friend about us. Thank you!

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.

Related Pages:
Lap Band Problems & Lap Band Complications
Lap Band Surgery Failure – 2 Types & How to Avoid Them


by: Anonymous

well, i certainly understand smoking after weight loss surgery. it doesn’t help anything and may actually add to your problems, especially if you have malabsorption and need for bariatric vitamins. i see it as switching one ‘comfort’ (eating) for another one ‘smoking’. i am not judging anyone as i have been there. all i can tell you is it has not helped me in any other way than in instant gratification…its not good for oral health, G.I. health, cardivascular health, skin, hair, and nails, etc. if you are young, you will find the effects of it to have affected your health in negative ways as you age. just sayin…

Consequences of Smoking After Lap Band Surgery

by: Jeff

Hi there, There are significant risks of smoking both before and after surgery. Smoking before surgery increases your risk of blood clots as a result of surgery which is the main reason most surgeons require that you stop smoking at least two months prior to surgery. Smoking after surgery also carries risks. According to Advanced Bariatric Care, a Center of Excellence in New York, “Not only does smoking lead to various diseases, but it also stimulates gastric juices, which can irritate the lining of the stomach and cause gastritis and ulcers in the stomach and small intestine.” Hope that helps, Jeff

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Weight Loss Surgery Complications - 11 Actions to Reduce Your Risk.

Have a follow up question?

Please do NOT ask it on this page unless you ONLY want the original poster and other commenters on this page to be notified about it. To get feedback from a more diverse and broader range of current and prospective WLS patients, click here to post your question.

Leave a Reply


[ Last editorial review/modification of this page : 09/26/2017 ]

* Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is provided for general information purposes and your specific results may vary depending on a variety of circumstances. It is not intended as nor should be relied upon as medical advice. Rather, it is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her existing physician(s). Before you use any of the information provided in the site, you should seek the advice of a qualified medical, dietary, fitness or other appropriate professional. Read More