When is throwing up after LAP-BAND normal?

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Doris Curry (a patient from Houston, TX)

I had my lapband surgery in October 15th. I have been very pleased with the results and have had no major issues.

In December I became ill and had the fluid removed. I recently had the fluid put back in. I am now experiencing something that I have not had for the previous 18 months. For the last two evenings I have thrown up 2 hours after eating, not immediately.

Is this normal?

Both times I got something to drink and then threw up.

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Surgeon Response to "When is Throwing Up After LAP-BAND Normal?"

by: Dr. Vafa Shayani

Thank you for communicating your concern with us.

Although occasional throwing up with the lapband might be considered acceptable, what you are describing is a change in your usual relationship with the band and that is definitely not normal.

Your band is likely too tight and I would strongly urge you to see your physician and have a little bit of the fluid removed from your band. And I suggest you do this sooner than later because living with a band that is too tight can result in expansion of the pouch above the band which will lead to bigger problems down the road.

Dr. Vafa Shayani
Bariatric Institute of Greater Chicago

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