Your weight loss journey depends a lot on your gastric band. It must work adequately. If your gastric band is too loose or too tight, you won’t be able to achieve your weight loss goals efficiently. However, the good thing is, you can have band adjustment to make it work right.

When the band is too loose, you might want to eat more, won’t feel full with smaller meals, and of course, won’t see weight loss as you expected.

On the other hand, when the band is too tight, you’ll experience discomfort, acid reflux, reduced appetite, and ultimately lack of nutrition.

Difficulty Eating Solid Food/Vomiting

If you feel uncomfortable while trying to eat solid foods or you vomit every time you try to eat, it is a sign that your band is too tight and is filled more than its capacity.

This is dangerous. In such a case, your pouch can get enlarged, the band can slip off, and could also lead to stomach perforation. For such an issue, when you visit your doctor, they will evaluate your situation, aspirate your band to ensure your symptoms are taken care of. Once you feel better, they’ll work on band adjustment to a safe resistance level.

Other indications that your band is too tight include acid reflux, night cough, chest infection, asthma, and hoarseness. You must see your bariatric specialist at your earliest convenience if you are experiencing any of the above-mentioned symptoms after getting your gastric band.

Eating Larger Meals Even With the Band

The gastric band’s top purpose is to restrict you from eating larger meals and thereby help you lose weight. If you are feeling hungrier and your appetite has suddenly increased, it means that there could be a leak. Leaks are pretty common at the point of weakness or where the access port connects to the band.

Leaks are assessed via X-rays or by emptying the band and measuring the saline-filled in the band to check its volume. Once the leak is checked and the band is adjusted again, the doctor gives a 6 to 8-week follow-up appointment to assess the leak again.

Pain Over The Port Side

Usually, the port protrudes after surgery but if it causes you pain in the ribs or discomfort along the lower breast bone, it is an indication that you need to reposition the port.

Gastric band adjustment helps patient with pain and discomfort relief as well as help them in achieving their weight loss goals. The adjustment is quite common. However, you must visit your doctor as soon as your start experiencing any of the signs or symptoms listed above or discomfort of any other sort. You must remember that only your doctor can evaluate your situation and suggest a solution.

At Houston Weight Loss, we have been providing excellent pre and post-care to our patients. We also offer free bariatric consultation; all you have to do is just give us a call.

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