Gastric Band Complications: Avoidance and Treatment


Authors: Daniel Leff, Pratik Sufi, and Dugal Heath.
Institution: North London Obesity Surgical Service, Whittington NHS Trust

Objectives: To determine frequency of complications associated with laparoscopic gastric banding, and to describe techniques for their avoidance and treatment.

Methods: A retrospective review of radiological band fill images was undertaken between Jan 2007 and Aug 2008 to assess: (1) the presence or absence of a gastric pouch; (2) longitudinal and transverse pouch dimensions; (3) radiographic evidence of band slippage and/or erosion; (3) the presence or absence of oesophageal dilatation (4) port site malpositioning. Data on patients returning to theatre for complications of band surgery was collection prospectively from April 2008

Results: 59 patients underwent a total of 217 procedures (operative and/or band fill). The band was not around the oesophagous in one patient and required re-positioning (avoided by careful attention to right and left crus dissection) 8 patients suffered access port rotation, of which 2 patients required re-positioning (avoided by anchorage to fascial sheath). 1 patient required port removal due to local sepsis (avoided by careful asepsis at insertion and avoided gastric perforation). The badn tubing was strangulated in 2 patients, both requiring re-intervention to trim the tubing (avoided by trimming tubing at initial band insertion). Band erosion was detected in 2 patients, both requiring endoscopic retrieval (avoided through loose suturing of fundus to pouch). Band slippage occured in 3 patients, all requiring re-operation to re-site the band. (avoided using ‘Birmingham’ stitch technique). Oesphageal dilatation was detected in 3 patients, all requiring unbuckling of band (avoided by preventing over-inflation).

Conclusions: The overall complication rate (33.8%) is inline with other series. Band-related complications can be prevented if appropriate measures are taken to avoid them.

Session: Poster

Program Number: P038

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