Smoking after lap band surgery – what happens?

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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?


Expert Responses to the Question Above

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

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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.

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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


Patient Responses to the Question Above


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 saying...

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