Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery

The Adjustable Gastric band is not performed at Virginia Mason due to frequent complications and weight loss failure. Due to these risks and complications, adjustable gastric bands are not supported as a routine primary operation at Virginia Mason.

Potential complications of the adjustable gastric band include:

  • Slippage of the band, despite sutures placed to hold it in position, and obstruction of the esophagus
  • Tubing-related complications causing leaks or bowel obstruction
  • Need for band replacement due to leakage
  • Infection of band and port
  • Worsening of acid reflux, nausea or vomiting
  • Approximately 30 percent of patients do not achieve significant weight loss with bands. Up to 20 percent end up being removed due to complications or intolerance. Conversion from a band to a different operation is associated with a much higher complication rate than the initial operation itself.