nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, heartburn
and slippage of the band. Additionally, nearly 25% of the participants had the band removed due to such side effects or inadequate weight loss.
According to a four-year study of the first 36 users of Lap-Band, the primary reasons for removing the gastric device included infection, leakage, and band slippage.
The FDA approved Lap-Band based upon a comparison of its risks and benefits.