Originally Answered: Lap Band weight loss surgery. How safe is it?
I had the Lap-Band Surgery in 2008. My post op recovery went very very well. It was just like any other surgery I have ever had, except my back. My back surgery was bad and very painful.
Anyway, I had some pain and swelling, but it was controllable with medication. Most people I talk to said the "Gas" that they use to inflate your chest was the worst and most painful. However, I did as I was told, and got up and moved around, so I had no issues with the Gas. Tell her to do as she is told and get up and move around. It will help.
Generally speaking the Lap-band is safe. Up to 4% of the people who have the band will have it removed due to complications. This is the same rate as major complications for Total Knee Replacement. Therefore, it is as safe as any other Surgery.
However, that being said, placement of the LAP-BAND is major surgery and, as with any surgery, possible complications include everything from nausea and bleeding to death. The biggest risks are associated with the medications and methods used during surgery, the same risks associated with any surgical procedure. People can die from any surgery and the death rate for the lap-band is the same as with any other surgery, 0.05%.
Personally, I would do it again in a heart beat. The Band has changes my life. I'm down 250 lbs and loving life.