Vomiting after lap band fill

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Cindy M. (a patient from Mission, TX)

I had a fill about three weeks after lap band surgery. Now, in week four, I am starting to vomit everything I eat – even water.

Why is this happening and what should I do?

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Expert Responses to the Question Above

Re: Vomiting After Lap Band Fill

by: Dr. Alberto Aceves

Hello Cindy,

You need to go get your band unfilled immediately.

Have them check your band under fluoro to make sure it has not moved with the vomiting. If it has moved I ask my patients to stay on liquids for several weeks to see if it will go back to its position.

If it has not moved I recommend that my patients stay on liquids for a few days, then move on to soft foods and finally solid foods when you are sure you can have them without any problems.

The fill may have felt OK right after your got it, but 1-2 weeks after a fill it may get tighter on its own; this is common. I ask patients to consider their first fill 6-8 weeks after surgery.

Dr. Alberto Aceves

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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

Go To Your Doc!

by: Lap Band Groupie

PLEASE call your Doc immediately and see him for an unfill.

They don't recommend fills until about 6-8 weeks post-op for a reason. Your body is still healing from surgery and you can have some swelling where the Band is.

This is also the time that you're most likely to cause a complication and ANY vomiting can cause stitches to tear (especially the ones holding your Band and Port in place...they haven't healed yet).I'm not trying to alarm you, and you probably haven't done any damage, but I need you to get to that doctor today (insist upon it if they won't take you right away).

It's Friday and you don't want to end up dehydrated over the weekend (and in the ER).

Keep us posted!

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