Spasms & Fainting Spells After Lap Band Surgery

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Lynda W. (a patient from Ameliasburg, ON)

I had revision surgery over a year ago for slippage of my band. A month after that surgery I started having fainting spells and spasms that originated in my stomach and diaphragm area.

Since then, the spells have increased in frequency and severity. Could it be from constant irritation to the nerve that has generalized and affects my CNS? That is the theory my doctor has.

I have areas in my abdomen where the tubing is that cause discomfort over a year after the surgery.

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Expert Responses to the Question Above

Re:Spasms & Fainting spells After Lap band Surgery

by: Alberto Aceves, MD

Hi Linda,

I do not have personal experience with this situation but we saw a case very similar to yours in a conference.

Fainting and spasms after lap band, in the case we saw it was due to the band being placed in the incorrect place.

I would recommend you have a bariatric surgeon check to see if the band has been correctly placed, a 2nd opinion may be a good idea if you have had it checked once already.

Best of Luck!

Dr. Alberto Aceves

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Patient Responses to the Question Above

Re fainting spasms after lap band

by: Christina R

I would really reevuate how were you before revision did you faint then or have grey out periods where felt like would pass out, heart rate feeling like it fast or slow fluctuations in pulse from high to low, fluctuations in blood pressure high to low, tiredness ect.

You may have what is known as Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and can developer after surgery illness or who knows.

Sites for more info on this issue is and also I would also highly suggest a full vitamin panel of Vit A, all the B vitamins, Vit C, Vit D, Vit E, Vit K, be checked for anemia, and also minerals checked too. I would look at the dianostic criterium for Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (not as rare as thought but rarely dignosed) It is a collegan and connective tissue disorder that can cause issues with diaphram spasms as I know a friends dauhter whom just got a pacemaker for this issue where her diaphragnm would spasm and case fainting issues with blood pressure ect. What is eds? these are some other possible issues with what is going on with you.

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