Case Report  |   July 2018
Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band Erosion Into the Stomach and Colon
Author Notes
  • From St John's Riverside Hospital in Yonkers, New York (Dr Corvini and Mr Lombert) and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania (Student Doctors Kang and Weidner). 
  • Financial Disclosures: None reported. 
  • Support: None reported. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Michael Corvini, MD, St John's Riverside Hospital, Hospitalist Office, 967 N Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701-1301. Email: corvini.michael@gmail.com
     
Article Information
Gastroenterology
Case Report   |   July 2018
Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band Erosion Into the Stomach and Colon
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 2018, Vol. 118, 479-481. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.102
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 2018, Vol. 118, 479-481. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.102
Abstract

Morbid obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and constitutes a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. Bariatric surgery represents a viable and effective means of weight loss. Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band placement is the most commonly used and least invasive bariatric surgical technique. Although the complication rate is low, various complications have been described, including erosion of the gastric band into the stomach. The authors present a case of laparoscopic adjustable gastric band erosion, where both the band and the tubing eroded into the stomach and colon, and the tubing further eroded out of and back into the colon several times.

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