X-Ray Shows Free-Floating Staples in Abdomen 27 Years After Bariatric Surgery

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Cindy J. (a patient from Lubbock, TX)

I had VBG (Vertical Banded Gastroplasty) 27 years ago, and a recent x-ray showed free floating staples in my abdomen. My doctor does not seem concerned. Should I be?

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Bariatric surgeon at CBGSA , Arcadia , California

by: Dr. Troy LaMar

Hi Cindy J,

I would agree with your surgeon.

The staples we use for surgery are made of titanium, and essentially inert, meaning they rarely, if ever cause any reactions in the body. You can actually even go through airport security and they won't set it off....or you may have an MRI and no issues.

So, don't worry.

Take care,
Troy LaMar MD

los angeles bariatric surgeon

(click here for Dr. LaMar's full bio & contact info)

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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