Sometimes unable to keep down liquids after lap band surgery

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Blanca M. (a patient from Riverside,CA USA)

I very often go days without being able to drink without it giving me pressure in my chest followed by me having to vomit. I have had my band adjusted many times where I’m able to eat and drink for a couple months and then I end up feeling very restricted again.

I go 2 days unable to drink or eat and then out of the blue I can drink again, at which time I drink as much as I can. I have had to get an IV 3 or 4 times. I am only left with about 1 cc left in my band that has a max of 4cc. I have lost all the weight I wanted (80 pounds) and then some. I just need to know what I’m doing wrong or what is going on?


Expert Responses to the Question Above

Bariatric surgeon at CBGSA , Arcadia , California

by: Dr. Troy LaMar

Hi Blanca,

Congratulations on losing so much weight after your lap band procedure.

However, not being able to drink or eat, along with vomiting, is not really how the band is supposed to help you lose weight!

You need to see your surgeon, or if your surgeon is not available anymore, a surgeon at a Center of Excellence.

There you will need all your fluid removed first, so you can stay hydrated.

Then you need an Upper GI x-ray to assess whether you have a band slippage or not.

Clearly, there is something wrong with the band and you need to be evaluated.

It is possible you may need the band removed. Please get in to see your surgeon.

Take care and 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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Patient Responses to the Question Above

You're risking kidney infections

by: Lonicera The Bandit

I'm surprised your bariatric team allowed you to have fills with your history of difficulty in drinking.

They're supposed to be the ones with the experience, and they should be discussing this carefully with you. Have you not told them about it?

I agree with Beth that you need to take action sooner rather than later. I go through phases when I don't drink enough, not because it won't go down, but because I'm in my late 50's and sometimes I don't feel thirsty when I should.

And I can tell you unequivocally that letting this situation go on for longer than a couple of days can result in your suddenly getting a pain in your back which worsens by the minute - you can't sit, lie, stand... all you do is pace up and down waiting for an emergency appointment.

Drinking gallons is now too late - you need urgent medication - and lots of water of course, and it takes a few days to recover. It's horrible, don't let yourself get that far. At the very least try frequent tiny sips.

Stop and think what you're doing to your body - don't spend time even asking questions like this on the internet, you need to speak to someone face to face about it, and as soon as you can.

And come back and tell us how you got on!

Lonicera The Bandit

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Have you seen your doctor?

by: Beth

I have to wonder if you're checking with your doctor and maybe having your band checked under fluro?

ANY TIME a bandster can't swallow liquids, that's an emergency situation!

We can live without food for a relatively long time, but we can NOT live without water or liquids! The fact that you've been on IVs because of this is very alarming.

What does your doctor say??

I would run, not walk, to your doctor's office to have him or her do a fluro check.

Part of your problem may be due to being a female, and the hormonal fluctuations we experience will make us retain and lose water. When you are retaining, you are retaining everywhere. Many women find themselves tighter during or before they menstrual cycle.

Is there any type of pattern to your tightness? It sounds to me like your doctor needs to check to see how it's working, and it's very likely he or she needs to take a tiny bit out.

It's tricky with those 4cc bands because they can be so temperamental. But you do NOT want this to keep occurring.

Get in to see your doctor!!

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