Reasons for Failure
There are several reasons why lap band surgery fails. The band applies a lot of pressure to the stomach, which can lead to heartburn or vomiting. Many lap band "successes" have reported vomiting on a daily basis. The continuous heartburn can increase the risk of esophageal cancer. To reduce this discomfort, some lap band patients begin drinking more high-calorie liquids, instead of eating nutritious meals. A large milkshake, which can be soothing for heartburn, has more calories than a turkey sandwich and glass of water.
Another reason for failure is that patients don't often get adequate long-term support from their doctor. Frequent doctor visits help gastric band patients remain accountable for their weight loss. They are also able to ask questions and get feedback on their weight loss, which can help a patient stick to their weight loss plans.
Many patients also receive only minimal dietary advisement. Lap band surgery patients need intensive nutritional counseling in order to successfully lose weight. Poor dietary habits are the leading cause of lap band failure. Some patients fail to understand that gastric banding alone is not enough to decrease their weight. Just like any weight loss plan, it requires limiting calories, eating healthy food and exercise.
Some doctors blame a lack of discipline for the rate of lap band failures. It is not enough to know the importance of a healthy diet and regular exercise -- patients have to use that information to make positive lifestyle changes. It takes dedication to lose weight, with or without gastric banding, and some patients do not have the dedication needed to make the necessary changes in their lives.