Lap-Band Problems Lead to Government Subpoena of Allergan

Medical device manufacturer Allergan has been subpoenaed by the U.S. government regarding problems with its Lap-Band weight loss device, which has been linked to a high rate of complications and a number of deaths. 

The subpoena was issued earlier this month by the Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General (DHHS-IG), according to a recent filing by Allergan. However, neither the device manufacturer nor the DHHS-IG’s office have released details surrounding the exact information requested.

In January, some members of congress began calling for hearings on the Lap-Band and other medical devices that now appear to be more dangerous than regulators initially thought when they were first approved.

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In a letter (PDF) sent to their Republican colleagues at the beginning of this year, several Democratic lawmarkers urged the House Energy and Commerce Committee to look into activities of Allergan and other manufacturers of dangerous products, seeking records regarding the safety and design of the Lap-Band and transvaginal surgical mesh products, which have also been linked to a number of serious problems..

The Lap-Band, or laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, is a band placed around the upper part of the stomach that creates a small pouch which quickly fills with food. The band causes the person to feel full quickly, which may result in weight loss. However, the Lap-Band is linked to a number of complications, including erosion of the band through the stomach wall, the band moving out of position, nausea, vomiting, difficulty swallowing, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), abdominal pain, and leaking of the gastric band. In addition, recipients must change their eating habits, as they are unable to eat large meals and must eat a series of smaller meals throughout the day for the rest of their lives or until they have the band removed.

Recent studies have suggested that 40% of patients implanted with Allergan’s weight loss device may suffer serious complications and problems following Lap-Band procedures.  In addition, the FDA raised concerns in December that many clinics were not fully disclosing the risks associated with Lap-Band procedures in direct-to-consumer advertisements.

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49 Comments

  • FaelynDecember 22, 2023 at 12:23 pm

    I had lap band surgery in 2013. It was successful things were great I lost weight like crazy . I had very few complications, my band was too tight and had to have some fluid removed in 2014. I gained some or most of my weight back after being malnutrition , there was excruciating pain sometimes when I ate I threw up a lot. Then in 2023 I was hospitalized for a collapsed lung a hole in my diaphrag[Show More]I had lap band surgery in 2013. It was successful things were great I lost weight like crazy . I had very few complications, my band was too tight and had to have some fluid removed in 2014. I gained some or most of my weight back after being malnutrition , there was excruciating pain sometimes when I ate I threw up a lot. Then in 2023 I was hospitalized for a collapsed lung a hole in my diaphragm I had bowel obstruction, my intestins were twisted , and I had a hiatal hernia. I woke up from a dead sleep around 4 am screaming with abdominal pain chest pain couldn't get any relief my brother called 911, and was taken by ambulance to the nearest hospital . There they discovered my lap band had eroded into my stomach wall. And had been that way for years. The surgeon repaired my hernia , and patched up my diaphragm and lung. I was released 4 days later with no restrictions and his advisory to contact a bariatric surgeon to have the band cut out. He told me the band had busted inside my body causing the hole in my diaphragm and forcing my organs to overlap and suvear damage no fixing the device it was mandatory that it was removed asap. I went home and made arrangements to see a surgeon but I never was able to make it to my appointment. So a few months later I ended up back in the hospital again with the same issues except I was transfered to temple hospital were a specialist could help me. I was hospitalized for 3 weeks and couldn't use my stomach at all they removed the band and repaired 2 holes In my stomach so I was fed through a pick line until my stomach had healed . So my question is would this be a malpractice case or could I sue allergian For the damages and pain and suffering that this band had caused . at home seems to think I've got a case from all the damages this thing has caused , I have permanent damage to my lung and diaphragm, chronic pain and stomach problems going to the bathroom , and eating . I'm lost in my situation any advice would help. My advice to u out there hard work dedication and loving yourself is more efficient. Exercise has slow results , but sometimes greatness takes patience.

  • GlynisDecember 18, 2023 at 1:46 pm

    I got lap band surgery in 2012, lost a total of 20 pounds in 4 years, saw no real progress, but vomited every single day, and was living on hard, crunchy foods, such as, chips, peppermint candy and crackers, which wasn't helping me to lose any weight. I had the band removed in 2016, and now 7 years later, I'm suffering from a hiatal hernia, and throw up phlegm all night long most nights. I CANNOT [Show More]I got lap band surgery in 2012, lost a total of 20 pounds in 4 years, saw no real progress, but vomited every single day, and was living on hard, crunchy foods, such as, chips, peppermint candy and crackers, which wasn't helping me to lose any weight. I had the band removed in 2016, and now 7 years later, I'm suffering from a hiatal hernia, and throw up phlegm all night long most nights. I CANNOT eat or drink anything after 7p.m., at all, and if I drink even a glass of water, I belch and cough until I throw it up. I take 4 medications a day to rid my stomach of acid build up, which backs into my esophagus. My life changed drastically since this procedure, and i sincerely wish I had'nt had it done

  • melissaNovember 16, 2023 at 11:30 am

    since the atart of this lap band i have had multible problems not being able to go to the bathroom cause of a bowel blockage my latest is an emergancy surgeory to take the band out so i didnt asperate which insurance didnt want to cover

  • LoriAugust 16, 2023 at 10:54 pm

    I had the lap band 2011. I was told I never would need another surgery. I was told the complications from the bands was low. I started having complications. No one even knew what was going on. I was never even notified to get the band checked after 10 years. I was listed with the Allergan. Why did they not even notify you? I went from doctor to doctor Noone made the diagnosis until recently. I[Show More]I had the lap band 2011. I was told I never would need another surgery. I was told the complications from the bands was low. I started having complications. No one even knew what was going on. I was never even notified to get the band checked after 10 years. I was listed with the Allergan. Why did they not even notify you? I went from doctor to doctor Noone made the diagnosis until recently. I now read the life of the band is 7 to 10 years yet mine is 13 years old. I feel awful all the time. I can't work. I need another surgery. I am now 13 years older with less perfect health. I will not get into all the pain and my difficulties as others probably have posted here. Just to say the problems are numerous and painful and life changing, not in a good way. My problems are similar to everyone else's band problems. I am now facing removal that is very scary, after reading what some people have had to endure with that procedure. They think I may need a bipass because of GERD and the injuries the band caused my esphagus. I never wanted a bipass. I got the lap band to avoid the bipass for a safer procedure. I was told this procedure could be reversed without any problem. So now here comes probably 2 more surgeries. This band is horror. It ruins lives. Get this thing off the market so it won't destroy more lives and hold this company responsible for their uncaring, unethical treatment of people and their greed. Thank you!

  • LindaNovember 16, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    I had gastric lap band surgery on 5/12/2010. Since it never really worked for me as I only lost 65 pounds over the first couple of years, and put my weight back on, I decided on the Robotic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy on 10/21/2019. My surgeon said that there could be problems once he got in there that he may not get the sleeve. Not only was he unable to do the sleeve but because the band and [Show More]I had gastric lap band surgery on 5/12/2010. Since it never really worked for me as I only lost 65 pounds over the first couple of years, and put my weight back on, I decided on the Robotic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy on 10/21/2019. My surgeon said that there could be problems once he got in there that he may not get the sleeve. Not only was he unable to do the sleeve but because the band and port had so much scar tissue it caused a hiatal hernia that was so enflamed that repair instruments could not go in the area. The band, line, and port were finally removed. However, the port had a mesh sling and staples which made removal even more difficult. I was told by the surgeon who did that (band) surgery that if I wanted to keep my weight down I should not have band removed unless there was slippage or worse. Recently I have researched the status of this since my 2010 surgery and experts have been saying the band should not be kept after 12 years due to complications. It was almost 9 1/2 years for me. My question is what would have happened if I had waited another two or three more years? I feel I am due some compensation for the money I paid out of my pocket to have the Sleeve down and because the band created so many issues I now have to pay out more.

  • JackieAugust 24, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    I had my lapband in May 2014. The first year it had good success Then things started to go wrong after that. After th first year my gallbladder had to be removed “brown and sluggish” they said. The glowing year go worse it started getting harder and harder to get anything to go down I to my stomach to the point I couldn’t swallow liquids. Early in spring I started feeling exhausted all the time I[Show More]I had my lapband in May 2014. The first year it had good success Then things started to go wrong after that. After th first year my gallbladder had to be removed “brown and sluggish” they said. The glowing year go worse it started getting harder and harder to get anything to go down I to my stomach to the point I couldn’t swallow liquids. Early in spring I started feeling exhausted all the time I went to my family doctor and found out I was anemic and had to start taking iron. By early summer I was so weak and couldn’t eat or drink so I called the doctor that did the lapband Iwent i. And they removed some liquids and was better for about a day went back and removed some more I drank some wate but could tell it wasn’t right so they removed all the liquids I went home with some relief but by that night it was back to no liquids going down. They scheduled an upper GI and the technician said some liquid seemed to be going through I came home and got a a call from the doctor he told me lapband has eroded into my stomach ( I guesse now we know why I needed iron pills ) and I would need to have it removed ASAP after waiting for insurance approval and scheduling survey about 2 weeks late with still no food and living off of ice pops my surgery came. After removal I had to stay I hospital for 4 days I ran a fever had to have magnesium over and potassium In an IV and ran a fever They sent me home with a hole in my stomach that had to be cleaned out and repacked every day. That was slow going it took about 2 and a half months to close up. A year later I still have some problems with foos getting hung on scar tissue I guesse and now I have problems with my food not digesting I get terribly sick but can’t trrow up haven’t been able to throw up since 2014 when I had the band implanted. Let me tell you it’s painful to be sick and not throw up but go through th motions anyway I have an appointment to see the doctor soon. I pray there isn’t some permanent damage that I have to live with th wrest of my life

  • BeckyJuly 20, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    I've posted here before about band erosion. Thank God there weren't complications, but did spend 5 days in hospital. I'm more interested in autoimmune diseases that have cropped up since band implantation and/or erosion. Since my band was removed in 2011 I've been diagnosed with no fewer than 3 autoimmune diseases & we're not done yet. And I was told before the surgery that there would be no cha[Show More]I've posted here before about band erosion. Thank God there weren't complications, but did spend 5 days in hospital. I'm more interested in autoimmune diseases that have cropped up since band implantation and/or erosion. Since my band was removed in 2011 I've been diagnosed with no fewer than 3 autoimmune diseases & we're not done yet. And I was told before the surgery that there would be no chance your body would react because the band was made of silicone, a safe product. Hahahaha! So, how many people here have been diagnosed with autoimmune disease(s) since band failure? Thanks!

  • ParthenaApril 2, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    I had the Allergan Lap band implanted in 2013. The device was in for 4 long years. After multiple complications stemming from the band (and weight gain rather than weight loss), the surgeon expressed a strong concern for removal. He removed the band and port in July 2017. Since then, I had to have emergency gallbladder removal for a severely inflamed and infected organ. Now, I am experiencing ex[Show More]I had the Allergan Lap band implanted in 2013. The device was in for 4 long years. After multiple complications stemming from the band (and weight gain rather than weight loss), the surgeon expressed a strong concern for removal. He removed the band and port in July 2017. Since then, I had to have emergency gallbladder removal for a severely inflamed and infected organ. Now, I am experiencing excruciating pain and discomfort, along with nausea and belching, at the exact location of where the band was placed - the base of my esophagus/top of stomach. I am calling the surgeon's office today to see if I can schedule an endoscopy to see if the interior walls, of my esophagus, are damaged. On the morning of the initial surgical placement of this device, the surgeon brought me in an internal scope picture which displays the positioning of the band and the name of the device - Allergan. Now, I am extremely worried that my body is telling me that something is horribly wrong.

  • VaraAugust 20, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Had Lap Band surgery in December 2011. Never lost more than 25 pounds and most of that was pre-op. From the beginning until now I have left shoulder pain after eating most all of the time. After my first fill I could eat nothing or swallow my own saliva. Long story short, I finally had all fluid removed from the band. Can not have it removed because insurance will not cover the surgery and can't a[Show More]Had Lap Band surgery in December 2011. Never lost more than 25 pounds and most of that was pre-op. From the beginning until now I have left shoulder pain after eating most all of the time. After my first fill I could eat nothing or swallow my own saliva. Long story short, I finally had all fluid removed from the band. Can not have it removed because insurance will not cover the surgery and can't afford it out of pocket. To this day I still have food stuck and vomit multiple times per week even with zero fluid in the band.

  • DawnJuly 24, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Had lap band in 2006. Problems off and on from the beginning. A lot of vomiting and left shoulder pain. 2012 the port line began leaking. Had a port revision. 2015 exact same problem and had another port revision. 8 months later October 2016 it leaked again. I ended up having the band and port removed and having the sleeve. I have spent a small fortune on surgeries and adjustments. I know it is d[Show More]Had lap band in 2006. Problems off and on from the beginning. A lot of vomiting and left shoulder pain. 2012 the port line began leaking. Had a port revision. 2015 exact same problem and had another port revision. 8 months later October 2016 it leaked again. I ended up having the band and port removed and having the sleeve. I have spent a small fortune on surgeries and adjustments. I know it is due to a product defect but cannot find any attorney to help. I have never sued anyone but this has been an expensive and painful journey.

  • stevenMay 18, 2017 at 3:12 am

    I had the Lap band put on in 2004 and lost about 80 to 100 pounds , just back in the fall of 2016 i started haveing problems bloating at the top of my stomach , if i laided on my left side i would get nausea kept thinking i was getting the flu and a couple of times went to the ER thinking i was having a heartattack from pressure from bloating, went to the doctor here said he couldnt find nothing w[Show More]I had the Lap band put on in 2004 and lost about 80 to 100 pounds , just back in the fall of 2016 i started haveing problems bloating at the top of my stomach , if i laided on my left side i would get nausea kept thinking i was getting the flu and a couple of times went to the ER thinking i was having a heartattack from pressure from bloating, went to the doctor here said he couldnt find nothing wrong so i went back to the Doctor who put it in and he took out some fluid to see what would happen, but after i got home and layed on my left side it came back again the bloating and nausea then the port would get really sore I had it removed on march 28 but still having the bloating and sick feeling all the time i just want to lay down, when i eat i get that bloating feeling and its still sore where the port was, Good Luch everyone.

  • BethanyFebruary 2, 2017 at 4:49 am

    I had my lap band put in back in 2009. From day one I had extreme vomiting. I was told vomiting could cause slippage, try not to vomit. I really tried, but I was vomiting EVERY day and couldn't control it. I also didn't get any help when I talked with my Dr. about it. Fast forward, 2015. Not sleeping at night because of acid issues. If I laid down the acid would come up & asperate into my lungs, [Show More]I had my lap band put in back in 2009. From day one I had extreme vomiting. I was told vomiting could cause slippage, try not to vomit. I really tried, but I was vomiting EVERY day and couldn't control it. I also didn't get any help when I talked with my Dr. about it. Fast forward, 2015. Not sleeping at night because of acid issues. If I laid down the acid would come up & asperate into my lungs, so I slept sitting up. However I couldn't go to the Dr. I had the procedure with, because he wouldn't accept my new insurance. So I hunted & hunted and finally found a Dr. that accepted my insurance, and switched over as quickly as I could. Sure enough we found out that I had esophageal dilation. It was so severe that it was as small as a toothpick. The Dr. immediately removed all the fluid, and my life has somewhat gotten back to normal. However my life has been turned upside down, as I went from 308 down 152 (at my lowest), now back up to 270+. It's not right that these possible complications, and side effects are so minimalized. As it is I will have to have my band removed completely as I am struggling with acid reflux again, and I was told by the Dr. that I would have to if the reflux came back. Someone needs to start a class action lawsuit, if so I will join! I have paperwork about my esophageal dilation. The rest of the information can be found! I am with you if this goes anywhere.

  • marilynJanuary 11, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    God help all of us that were hoping for a future and ended up with nothing but so many problems

  • SusanNovember 2, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    I had the band removed after years of vomiting and rashes. Well when I had it removed the Dr. Said you will be fine in two days. Walk so you don't get blood clots. Well it has been 17 days since the surgery, and I have had hematomas , tons of swelling g and horrific black and blue abdomen.I finally went to a regular Dr.to help me. I only ever saw the Dr. That did it was at the surgery. His PA was [Show More]I had the band removed after years of vomiting and rashes. Well when I had it removed the Dr. Said you will be fine in two days. Walk so you don't get blood clots. Well it has been 17 days since the surgery, and I have had hematomas , tons of swelling g and horrific black and blue abdomen.I finally went to a regular Dr.to help me. I only ever saw the Dr. That did it was at the surgery. His PA was no help, and just said it will be OK. Come to find out the law is the Dr. Is suppose to discuss all possibilities etc.prior to surgery. So It's been crazy after having g it out, but It will eventually heal. No one ever told me about a recall.I believe there should be a giant lawsuit!

  • BrendaSeptember 13, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    lapband is dangerous

  • SherrySeptember 10, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    I had lapband surgery in Feb. 2008. I didn't have any problems until about 6 months ago. I have acid reflux almost every night, throw up a couple of times a week, stomach pain. In the last two days every time I try to swallow any liquid (I don't even attempt to food) I have sharp pains at the top of my stomach. Really want this thing removed but can't afford it. Is there any help for those of us h[Show More]I had lapband surgery in Feb. 2008. I didn't have any problems until about 6 months ago. I have acid reflux almost every night, throw up a couple of times a week, stomach pain. In the last two days every time I try to swallow any liquid (I don't even attempt to food) I have sharp pains at the top of my stomach. Really want this thing removed but can't afford it. Is there any help for those of us having problems with the lapband?

  • HeatherApril 7, 2016 at 12:18 am

    I had a Lap-Band placed in April of 2011. I immediately developed an infection in my port site. After months of dealing with pus draining and the infection not going away, my surgeon ordered a new port and replaced it in December 2011. Last week, I ended in the ER with horrible abdominal pain and severe nausea. A CT scan showed problems with my band. My surgeon has done an EGD scope and deter[Show More]I had a Lap-Band placed in April of 2011. I immediately developed an infection in my port site. After months of dealing with pus draining and the infection not going away, my surgeon ordered a new port and replaced it in December 2011. Last week, I ended in the ER with horrible abdominal pain and severe nausea. A CT scan showed problems with my band. My surgeon has done an EGD scope and determined that the band needs to be removed because it has irrigated in through my stomach wall. Now, my current health insurance has said that there is an exclusion and they do not want to allow me to use my insurance for the removal surgery. I am almost debilitated by this pain and sick feeling. I can not work until I get the band removed and the hole in my stomach repaired. I originally lost 35 pounds toward my 100 pound goal before I lost my insurance and could not maintain it any further. I have since regained the weight. But, right now, that is not my priority! I need to be able to work, to function, and it is not possible. I really do not want to end up septic and die just because of this decision that I made to better myself.

  • LeeMarch 25, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    I had the Realize Lap Band placement in 2009. Developed post-op wound infection and enlargement at port site. Dr. said enlargement is normal, will decrease overtime with healing. Gallbladder removed 2010. Since Band placement I have had bouts of nausea, vomiting, developed sensitivity to latex, and adhesive tape and battling Gastric issues. Instead of coming off, or decreasing use of medications, [Show More]I had the Realize Lap Band placement in 2009. Developed post-op wound infection and enlargement at port site. Dr. said enlargement is normal, will decrease overtime with healing. Gallbladder removed 2010. Since Band placement I have had bouts of nausea, vomiting, developed sensitivity to latex, and adhesive tape and battling Gastric issues. Instead of coming off, or decreasing use of medications, all meds have been increased along with declining in my health. I have had multi-fills; fluid removals and a very large hernia. I followed instructions given for after care, and realized that the Lap Band was a Tool used to assist with weight loss, develop healthier eating habits. My hopes were also to improve my health. Weight lost max was 25-30lbs. I have not had a fill in 1 1/2 years, now regained the weight previously lose. A couple of years ago the FDA was looking into the complications caused by the lap Bands, but I have not found an attorney willing to start the Class Action Lawsuit. I would be willing to participate. Also it may help if more cases are filed with the FDA (www/fda.gov).

  • MarilynMarch 25, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    I have had all of the above results of a bad lap band, placed in 2007 it was a VG8, I hate the thing, always having food in my mouth has rotted some of my teeth, and I am sick all the time, I lost weight well at first, most likely from throwing up then all hell broke loose. Going to find out if it needs to be removed, after asking my Family Doctor for help and went to all kinds of other doct[Show More]I have had all of the above results of a bad lap band, placed in 2007 it was a VG8, I hate the thing, always having food in my mouth has rotted some of my teeth, and I am sick all the time, I lost weight well at first, most likely from throwing up then all hell broke loose. Going to find out if it needs to be removed, after asking my Family Doctor for help and went to all kinds of other doctors and no one will help me as they did not put it in. I finally found a doctor in Chicago area, I would love to sit down and cry, God what have I done to myself that thing cost way to much and done way to much damage, why are they allowed at all to do this to a person with out some sort of restitution.

  • DiannaMarch 13, 2016 at 7:53 am

    It time this company pays for all these failed lap bands. I got my removed still have pain where the port was still having pain in stomach. This company is making a killing off of us!!!!

  • LauraFebruary 10, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    I had my band placed in may of 2006, great results at first, took me 3 yrs to lose my 100lbs, was so excited about to have tummy tuck, and band slipped, I've slowly have gained 65 lbs back, after several upper gi'S and telling the surgeon somthing is wrong, it's painful, regardless of when or what I eat, continuous discomfort, still unable to understand y I've gained wt, vomiting more, finally st[Show More]I had my band placed in may of 2006, great results at first, took me 3 yrs to lose my 100lbs, was so excited about to have tummy tuck, and band slipped, I've slowly have gained 65 lbs back, after several upper gi'S and telling the surgeon somthing is wrong, it's painful, regardless of when or what I eat, continuous discomfort, still unable to understand y I've gained wt, vomiting more, finally started vomiting bright red blood so surgeon decided to do egd, noting baND is eroding through my stomach. ..for first time in my 46 y/o of life I'm on government assistance medical, which has denied to remove the band because it's considered bariatric surgery, it has been 3 wks now and just got surgeons office to appeal decision after calling everyday, twice a day for 3 wks... now question is will they approve it, or will it perforate my stomach and kill me?

  • JenniferFebruary 8, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    I had my surgery in 1/07, I did have trouble swallowing in the mornings (due to mucus drainage & it felt like it was so tight that often I would have chest pain when eating or drinking) if I didn't drink something hot when I got up in the mornings, anything I ate would come back up, it didn't matter if it was water I was trying to drink or soup or whatever.... but I did loose down to 145lbs- I was[Show More]I had my surgery in 1/07, I did have trouble swallowing in the mornings (due to mucus drainage & it felt like it was so tight that often I would have chest pain when eating or drinking) if I didn't drink something hot when I got up in the mornings, anything I ate would come back up, it didn't matter if it was water I was trying to drink or soup or whatever.... but I did loose down to 145lbs- I was wanting to loose another 10-15lbs but my band stopped working and I noticed I was able to eat more and started gaining my weight back little by little.. I made an apt before it got out of hand to get an adjustment and it didn't work- no restriction, got another adjustment- still no restrictions, then called the Dr back and advised them that the adjustments they gave me are not working at all. They first said that I must have done something to either cause band slippage or stomach erosion. I told them no I have not done anything different since recovery from surgery. They did a fluoroscopy which they could tell no band slippage (I didn't over eat) and they were able to see that my band was leaking. this was around 2013. then they scheduled me to have a revision- the dr took it out and was going to put another one in at the same time, and that band was defective (leaking) they took it back out and tried to put in another one, then the Dr broke it. Needless to say, after paying my co-pays, deductibles for the 2nd time, I went home with no band. Then the dr tells me at my follow up visit that placing another band would be almost impossible due to scare tissue. After telling me after surgery that they would put another one in after I heal. since then the dr's have been trying to talk me in to another type of gastric weightloss surgery (sleeve, gastric bypass) which have a even more danger to them. Now they want me to pay again to have another surgery- uh no... I don't feel I should have had to pay for the 2nd one when I didn't do anything wrong to break it or cause it to malfunction. And like others above, I researched my band before I got it and everything I read and was told, said this would be long term. There has been nothing saying that it would not work over any specific period of time. The maker of the device should have to pay for any surgeries caused from a malfunctioning device. removal etc. At no time did any of my gastric dr's tell me that there was a recall on the devices. I'm wondering now if they reported it to get reimbursed and then still charged me as well??? I'm now researching what my options are now, as my health has declined because of a device that was defective.

  • DawnOctober 3, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    I had my lap band surgery 11/5/08. I have been having trouble with my band for several years. I am finally taking action and having a upper GI this week with a new physician. I went about life thinking all my problems were normal with the band surgery. I made my goal weight in two years. And slowly I have started regaining weight. I did this because I had tried everything from programs and meds a[Show More]I had my lap band surgery 11/5/08. I have been having trouble with my band for several years. I am finally taking action and having a upper GI this week with a new physician. I went about life thinking all my problems were normal with the band surgery. I made my goal weight in two years. And slowly I have started regaining weight. I did this because I had tried everything from programs and meds and exercise and diet but nothing helps when the band is not working correctly because I stay with easy foods that go down with the band. This is not a way to live. I hope this goes further I took much time deciding what procedure to have. Now I am wondering if it was a right decision with all the problems I am having. I'm not the only one in the family having trouble. When my stepfather saw how well my band was helping he decided to have surgery and was very successful. But know he too is having trouble and seeks help from a different physician and is now having a second surgery to take band out and have the sleeve done. I don't understand how this can happen. We trusted the information given to us and now we are seeking help because that information was not complete. Sign me up I would like to be a part of this.

  • PriscillaJune 29, 2015 at 4:49 am

    I had my bad removed in February 2015 due to complications for over a year of abdominal pain and vomiting and real bad acid reflux to the point I had to sleep sitting up

  • Rebecca CApril 7, 2015 at 1:33 am

    August 5, 2013 I went in for Laparoscopic Lap Band surgery. When I came out of surgery the doctor told me he didn't do the surgery that my spleen had been punctured and they spent at least 3 hours trying to repair my spleen. I had several blood transfusions and another doctor was called in to help. My spleen was saved and I went home the next morning. Four days later I passed out my blood pre[Show More]August 5, 2013 I went in for Laparoscopic Lap Band surgery. When I came out of surgery the doctor told me he didn't do the surgery that my spleen had been punctured and they spent at least 3 hours trying to repair my spleen. I had several blood transfusions and another doctor was called in to help. My spleen was saved and I went home the next morning. Four days later I passed out my blood pressure dropped I was white as a ghost and sweating. I was rushed to the Emergency hospital and immediately was tended to. I was given more blood and had several tests done. I spent the night in ICU. I was horribly sick. I was given three CT scans, MRI, and several other tests in the next three days. My spleen was leaking blood into my stomach, I had pneumonia, and if needed I would have to have my spleen removed. I found out the doctor who was supposed to do my lap band surgery let his Intern do it. He is the one who cut open my spleen and I do not know why my appendix was also removed. I was never told they removed my appendix nor was it listed on my records. Yet there were surgical staples in place of my appendix and no appendix. I have a scar two inches above my hip bone. Instead of the five small incisions I had seven. I lost my job, health and life insurance and my husband is now living in a different room. I didn't ask for this and I feel that the doctor lied by with holding this information from me. I would never have consented to have an Intern do my surgery and why the removal of my appendix? I am positive if another doctor had performed my surgery this would not have happened. My immune system has been greatly compromised and so far I have had every sickness passing around. My question is do I have a chance for a lawsuit?

  • N RApril 4, 2015 at 2:17 am

    I had my Allergen lap band installed in December 2009 Things went pretty well until summer of 2010 I started having major pain on left side of upper stomach and nausea, could barely hold anything down I called my Doctors office and they told me to go to the ER and have the fluid removed from my band because it sounded like a slip sure enough my band had slipped and they told me I needed to keep th[Show More]I had my Allergen lap band installed in December 2009 Things went pretty well until summer of 2010 I started having major pain on left side of upper stomach and nausea, could barely hold anything down I called my Doctors office and they told me to go to the ER and have the fluid removed from my band because it sounded like a slip sure enough my band had slipped and they told me I needed to keep the fluid out for 6 weeks and they would check it again to see when I could start getting fills again as soon as i could i went in had a fill and the same thing happened had to go back in have the fluid removed seemed like any fill i got after the first slip I could not eat or drink anything and was in terrible pain I had 3 slips since having this band and now I have no saline in the band at all yet I still continue to throw up a few times a week have horrible pain after I eat a small meal and now the only thing that stays down is soup protein drinks or liquid meals yet i am slowly regaining my weigh back I lost a total of 70 lbs and have gained 20 back barely eating . I am so frustrated and depressed about all the problems i have had with this band and I am scared to even look into having it removed because I have heard that having it removed is more dangerous than having it put in not to mention the expense which I am sure I would have to pay Another thing i havent seen anyone mention dental problems since the band My dentist told me all the procedure I have had which is in the thousands of dollars are directly related to throwing up on a regular basis. I am so disgusted by this thing and I feel like I was totally duped when I agreed to having this procedure.

  • meganApril 3, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    I had the lapband procedure around 2010 (have to double check the dates). From the beginning, I had intense pain in my upper abdomen area, chest pain and intense vomiting. The band WAS effective in helping lose weight, but that's because I was unable to keep food down. I lost about 145 lbs in a year but had to be rushed to the hospital because I started passing out. My potassium and electrolyte le[Show More]I had the lapband procedure around 2010 (have to double check the dates). From the beginning, I had intense pain in my upper abdomen area, chest pain and intense vomiting. The band WAS effective in helping lose weight, but that's because I was unable to keep food down. I lost about 145 lbs in a year but had to be rushed to the hospital because I started passing out. My potassium and electrolyte levels were extremely low and and EKG showed abnormalities in my heart rhythms. An xray showed that my band had slipped and my stomach looked like Hiroshima. I was rushed in for emergency band removal. Since the removal, I have shamefully gained most of the weight back. Also, I don't feel like the psych pre eval was thorough enough. I never suffered from an eati g disorder prior to the band, but after getting sick all the time with the band, I now find myself with bulimia tendencies in order to control weight. I'm not saying the band is the cause, however I question the possibility of it. I never purges before the band. If a class action suit were to be filed, I would like to know and be signed up as a patient who had adverse results from the band.

  • SHAWNApril 1, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    I got my lapband in December 2010. I was a self pay because insurance wouldn't cover it. Since I was a self pay the doctor didn't bother giving me a full psychiatric evaluation. He had a Psychiatrist call me the same week that I had the surgery and give me clearance. They didn't bother to check into the fact that I had been at an eating disorder clinic the previous year. I have only lost 30 p[Show More]I got my lapband in December 2010. I was a self pay because insurance wouldn't cover it. Since I was a self pay the doctor didn't bother giving me a full psychiatric evaluation. He had a Psychiatrist call me the same week that I had the surgery and give me clearance. They didn't bother to check into the fact that I had been at an eating disorder clinic the previous year. I have only lost 30 pounds since I had the surgery. I throw up all of the time. The band is now empty but I still cannot eat anything that is good for you unless it is ground into a pulpy mess. I have horrible gurd. I suffer from constant fatigue.

  • JewelMarch 19, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Hi i had my lapband done in 5/2012. I also have and is still having complication due to me having the lapband. When i first got the band of course i was so excited but then when it was time for me to to the doctor's office to have fluid added he never could get it done in the office i would always have to do out patient. So i got tired of being cut on plus not counting the time begin poke on. and [Show More]Hi i had my lapband done in 5/2012. I also have and is still having complication due to me having the lapband. When i first got the band of course i was so excited but then when it was time for me to to the doctor's office to have fluid added he never could get it done in the office i would always have to do out patient. So i got tired of being cut on plus not counting the time begin poke on. and since then myself i have been suffering with left shoulder pain, abdominal pain, can't sleep on my stomach, I have bad acid reflux and nausea. So please if you can help me please do cause i really want this thing removed but i'm so scared i really need help and what's so sad is that i only lost about 12 pounds. All the while i have been trying by best to lose weight but it's been hard. So if you can help me please add me to your list.

  • TinaFebruary 25, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Hi I had my band 4/2008. Constantly vomiting ( I thought was normal) also always had left shoulder pain. Fills and unfills for a few years. I thought I was having a heart attach but I wasnt. Went to my Lapband Dr and my band had eroded into my stomach. I had to have an emergency surgery Jan 2014. I have permanent Vagus nerve damage ,that has caused gastroparesis ,,reflux . A year later I am still[Show More]Hi I had my band 4/2008. Constantly vomiting ( I thought was normal) also always had left shoulder pain. Fills and unfills for a few years. I thought I was having a heart attach but I wasnt. Went to my Lapband Dr and my band had eroded into my stomach. I had to have an emergency surgery Jan 2014. I have permanent Vagus nerve damage ,that has caused gastroparesis ,,reflux . A year later I am still having problems w/ my stomach . I pray that one day that Allergens defective band co will be held accountable . Please sign me up !!!

  • ValFebruary 3, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    I had my lap band put in 10-2010. I weighed 261# amonth before my surgery. It took me 4 years to finally get down to 165-170lbs. I am still on all of the diabetes medicine as I was before. I was told that after this surgery and loosing some weight I should never have to take the oral meds again. I have also developed severe erosive eshopagitis with GERD, a hiatal hernic-which I never had bef[Show More]I had my lap band put in 10-2010. I weighed 261# amonth before my surgery. It took me 4 years to finally get down to 165-170lbs. I am still on all of the diabetes medicine as I was before. I was told that after this surgery and loosing some weight I should never have to take the oral meds again. I have also developed severe erosive eshopagitis with GERD, a hiatal hernic-which I never had before. I have had to go thru my esophagus being scoped on 4 different times and now have to take 2 different meds to deal with the esophagitis. I am tired of the burning, vomiting, and aspirating in my sleep. I feel sick all the time Include me with a class action suit if one is going to happen. I have been told by my gastroenterologist to have this thing removed. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!

  • DiannaJanuary 23, 2015 at 3:58 am

    I have had problems with my since I got it 5 years ago.no one will listen to me. I choke to the point I have to stick my finger down my throat.my stomach is always burning. I have guard . My shoulder and back hurts.this way the worse thing I have had done !!!!! I had my done in Little rock went back a few times I still got stuck,this went on for 2 years I had to pay another dr. In Fort smith ar. [Show More]I have had problems with my since I got it 5 years ago.no one will listen to me. I choke to the point I have to stick my finger down my throat.my stomach is always burning. I have guard . My shoulder and back hurts.this way the worse thing I have had done !!!!! I had my done in Little rock went back a few times I still got stuck,this went on for 2 years I had to pay another dr. In Fort smith ar. 200.00. To tell me NOTHING is wrong ,,, WHATEVER!!!IThis one did take a little of the fluid out. He didn't even do X-rays on me.STILL burning!!! I do tell ppl do NOT EVER have this done!!!

  • LoriJanuary 7, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    I had this horrible thing placed in mid winter of 2011 & had one problem after another with it. First they overfilled, drained it, and I have only been able to fill it twice because I won't be able anything if I go for another fill. Forget about eating meat, pasta, scrambled eggs not to mention other foods because I end up puking...and yes I thoroughly eat the meat and whatever and the small meals[Show More]I had this horrible thing placed in mid winter of 2011 & had one problem after another with it. First they overfilled, drained it, and I have only been able to fill it twice because I won't be able anything if I go for another fill. Forget about eating meat, pasta, scrambled eggs not to mention other foods because I end up puking...and yes I thoroughly eat the meat and whatever and the small meals but I still get horribly sick. Talk about pain? I have had constant pain since my band was placed & I think the port has actually moved out of place. My lifestyle has been sooooo restricted. Forget about going out to eat because I'm afraid I'll get sick, which I have by the way. I have regained my initial weight which I really didn't lose much of anyway since I only had 2 fills. What bothers me the most is that my dear surgeon failed to tell me that my band (Allergan) was recalled & that there was a lawsuit. Am I joining the lawsuit? You betcha and I plan on going after the surgeon as well. It is a doctor's medical oath to look out for their patients and he failed miserably. I urge everyone of you that have problems to go after your surgeon as well. When you pay over $13 grand out of pocket for something like this someone needs to be held accountable.

  • BridgettJanuary 3, 2015 at 3:06 am

    I had the lap band in 2004, did really well except the constant reflux and slimy foamy throw up, about 3 yrs later I developed a hernia near my band had to have it removed and the band repositioned, in October 2013 I started eating more so I went to have a fill the next day no restriction went back had another fill still no restriction finally ran a dye test 2 times before they detected it was lea[Show More]I had the lap band in 2004, did really well except the constant reflux and slimy foamy throw up, about 3 yrs later I developed a hernia near my band had to have it removed and the band repositioned, in October 2013 I started eating more so I went to have a fill the next day no restriction went back had another fill still no restriction finally ran a dye test 2 times before they detected it was leaking since then I have gained 80 lbs of my weight back, had food stuck for 4 days couldn't even get a sip of water to stay down, had to get my PCP to order a upper GI, I'm miserable I have a lot of scar tissue and need this thing out of my body tired of the shoulder pain and hurting all the time, Chattanooga bariatrics wants $5000 to remove wait 6 months and another $5000 to reinstall this horrible thing so I'm stuck with this malfunctioning device in my body!!! Not fair and I too will join a class action lawsuit if it ever come available

  • tinaOctober 23, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    I had my band about 3 1/2 yrs ago. I went from 300lb to 170lb...the entire time I've had my band I've always thrown up a slimy clear liquid...I thought it was normal. I've never been able to eat any bread or meat of any kind...After one bite, I would run to the restroom to throw up. If we go out to eat, after two bites, I'm in the restroom throwing up, I always bring my food home and feed it t[Show More]I had my band about 3 1/2 yrs ago. I went from 300lb to 170lb...the entire time I've had my band I've always thrown up a slimy clear liquid...I thought it was normal. I've never been able to eat any bread or meat of any kind...After one bite, I would run to the restroom to throw up. If we go out to eat, after two bites, I'm in the restroom throwing up, I always bring my food home and feed it to my son, or try to eat it over the next several days, or usually end up throwing it away. About 2 months ago, I was admitted to the hospital after going for a little over a week and couldn't keep anything down, no food, no water nothing! They first thought my band had eroded into my stomach, luckily it had not. I was severly dehydrated and my chemical levels were totally out of whack...they wanted me to make an appointment with my surgeon, since no other surgeon wants to touch a patient with a lab band... I made an appointment with my lab band surgeon and he removed some fluid and I was able to eat, and drink... He left the fluid out for about two months...So of course, that means I started gaining my weight back..I think I gained in all about 7 pounds back, I have gone back to him, and he has put more fluid back in...so I guess we'll see what happens now.

  • KimOctober 14, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    I have been miserable the entire time since my band placement in 2008. There have been very few good days...and many many days of throwing up and hurting. However, I do not run to the doctor every time I have a problem because I don't want him to think I am nuts....Should there be a class action lawsuit, and I cannot imagine that it won't be, I am 100% in.

  • TonyJuly 15, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Ive been to the emergency room 3times in the last 2 months with alot of pain pertaining to my band.So the solution for them was to remove all the fluid from the band.and leave it in open with no resrtiction on my eating instead of removing it.The follow up with my surgen was him telling me it is ok to just leave it inside me and come back to him in about a year or a year in a half.So its been a lo[Show More]Ive been to the emergency room 3times in the last 2 months with alot of pain pertaining to my band.So the solution for them was to remove all the fluid from the band.and leave it in open with no resrtiction on my eating instead of removing it.The follow up with my surgen was him telling me it is ok to just leave it inside me and come back to him in about a year or a year in a half.So its been a long and painful 6years with this band it has been a nightmare.Constantly getting fluid added or removed it has never been what they allowed me to believe it would be.I just want it out and they want me to go on living with this timebomb inside me not knowing when it may fail or exsplode,Ive suffered for 6 long years and enough is enough!!!!!!!!

  • caraJune 11, 2014 at 4:36 am

      I read your post about your lap band removal, and everyone complications. So sorry to hear! I had mine put in 2009. One year later I had to have my gallbladder removed. 42 stones, 2 in bile duct, the gastronoligists tore my bile duct. I wore Billy bags for several months, stints replaced up to 1 year.  I never returned to my lapband dr. I had 2 fills and that was it. After i had my gallblad[Show More]  I read your post about your lap band removal, and everyone complications. So sorry to hear! I had mine put in 2009. One year later I had to have my gallbladder removed. 42 stones, 2 in bile duct, the gastronoligists tore my bile duct. I wore Billy bags for several months, stints replaced up to 1 year.  I never returned to my lapband dr. I had 2 fills and that was it. After i had my gallbladder removed i did not get another fill. I was disscourged from not feeling good afterwards and simply because my dr.who performed my surgery was/is unprofessional and could care less. Everything i told him he said was completely normal. Nope, I've heard now countless horrible stories from patients who are experiencing the hidden side to lapband complications or the severity of the complications. I've had stomach issues off and on since I had my band in 2009.  Just recently it's progressively gotten worse. I chalked it off as a few stomach bugs. Not the case I'm realizing.   Bloating is a constant, there's constant pressure in the lower abdominal area, above my naval, i have fullness when I barely eat ( ex.few bites of egg salad) sick to my stomach,  most of the time I'm not even hungry, other times I just dread eating because of the extreme fullness. Extreme discomfort is constant and pain at times. I weighed 240 pre band. Then on my own no fills at this point 145. Losing again but I'm sick and not wanting or needing to lose weight. Again I only had 2 fills that was in 2009-2010. Just wanted to know if any of this sounds like what you experienced?  I'm miserable and worried sick!  Will this pass, I'm wondering who I should see about it?  I do not want to go see the dr. Who put my band in.... Also I'll add prior to me feeling this way I could eat what I wanted and not feel sick or full, salad, 3 pieces of pizza,  in one meal.  Thank you so much for your time

  • PattyMay 26, 2014 at 4:10 am

    I had my lap band done in 2012. It worked great the first year and 1/2. I didn't mind the small meals, occasional nausea, etc. because it worked. Then almost overnight, It stopped making me feel full. I had three different fills done each time explaining to the surgeon that I felt nothing . He finally checked by attempting to pull the fluid out and couldn't. He said I have a defective port. It [Show More]I had my lap band done in 2012. It worked great the first year and 1/2. I didn't mind the small meals, occasional nausea, etc. because it worked. Then almost overnight, It stopped making me feel full. I had three different fills done each time explaining to the surgeon that I felt nothing . He finally checked by attempting to pull the fluid out and couldn't. He said I have a defective port. It cost me out of pocket over $26,000 (insurance paid less than 1/2). I don't have the funds to have additional surgery to replace the port. I'm extremely depressed and ticked off about the whole thing.

  • J hillSeptember 27, 2013 at 6:24 am

    The band was presented to me as a weight loss option with less than a 1% failure rate. I was self pay and the surgery was short, recovery time was less than a week, and the weight came off. But when things went wrong for me, they went horribly wrong. My band ended up 75% into my stomach and required open abdominal surgery for removal of the band, repair of my stomach and clean-out of the foul i[Show More]The band was presented to me as a weight loss option with less than a 1% failure rate. I was self pay and the surgery was short, recovery time was less than a week, and the weight came off. But when things went wrong for me, they went horribly wrong. My band ended up 75% into my stomach and required open abdominal surgery for removal of the band, repair of my stomach and clean-out of the foul infectious substances in my body. My Dr. later told my husband that had it been much longer for the problem to be found, I would have DIED. And yes, I did ask what would happen if the band caused problems, and was assured that the same out patient procedure would be used to take it out as had been used to put it in. Not the nearly two months stay in the hospital that I endured. If you must have WLS, get the sleeve, get the gastric bypass, but don't have a surgery that leaves a large piece of foreign material in your body.

  • RainyJuly 12, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Dec 26th 2012, I was rushed to the hospital in excruciating pain. My lap band had deteriorated and caused a huge hole in my stomach. I had major surgery to repair my stomach and clean out the infection. I ended up getting MRSA which went into a heart valve. I also formed a fistula. I spent 2 months in the hospital and another 30 days in rehab. A couple of weeks later I became very weak and went ba[Show More]Dec 26th 2012, I was rushed to the hospital in excruciating pain. My lap band had deteriorated and caused a huge hole in my stomach. I had major surgery to repair my stomach and clean out the infection. I ended up getting MRSA which went into a heart valve. I also formed a fistula. I spent 2 months in the hospital and another 30 days in rehab. A couple of weeks later I became very weak and went back to the emergency room and was admitted. I had to have open heart surgery to repair and clean the heart valve. While recuperating at home from that surgery I started vomiting profusely. Another trip to the ER and another hospitalization revealed my stomach was twisted. I was just told yesterday, July 11th, that I need another surgery to repair my stomach. I was told that I am literally starving to death. I was told I would not survive another surgery and would need to wait at least a year before this surgeon would operate. I am now facing being on a feeding tube until my body heals enough for surgery.

  • TraceyApril 25, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    I had my surgery March 3rd, 2008. Everything was good, lost 98lbs. After 3 1/2 yrs, my band slipped. Had it deflated for 3 weeks. Went and had a fill, and within 2 days had swelled shut causing me to vomit blood. I've had it deflated and filled several times for 6 more months with the same results. My band has been deflated now for almost a year, and now even though it's not filled, I've had issue[Show More]I had my surgery March 3rd, 2008. Everything was good, lost 98lbs. After 3 1/2 yrs, my band slipped. Had it deflated for 3 weeks. Went and had a fill, and within 2 days had swelled shut causing me to vomit blood. I've had it deflated and filled several times for 6 more months with the same results. My band has been deflated now for almost a year, and now even though it's not filled, I've had issues with vomiting, and it's painful to swallow. My insurance has changed due to me being sick and loosing my job. The surgeon does not accept my new insurance, and will not see me. At this point, I don't know what to do. I also believe the banding has something to do with my being sick as well.

  • candaceMarch 9, 2013 at 6:14 am

    When I came out of surgery I could not even swallow my own spit. I was on IV fluids and TPN for a week before the doctor decided to go back in and replace the band, I almost died. Since then everytime I reach a certain weight I vomit in my sleep, the liquid comes out of my nostrils and I have had aspiration pnuemonia at least six times, each time making me very sick with high fevers. I have attemp[Show More]When I came out of surgery I could not even swallow my own spit. I was on IV fluids and TPN for a week before the doctor decided to go back in and replace the band, I almost died. Since then everytime I reach a certain weight I vomit in my sleep, the liquid comes out of my nostrils and I have had aspiration pnuemonia at least six times, each time making me very sick with high fevers. I have attempted to have it filled 3 times, each time ending up in the ER the next day to have a specialist be called to remove the saline because as soon as I fall asleep...fluid regurgitates out of my nostrils, it burns and taste like something died in my esophagus. I have left shoulder pain frequently no matter how much or how little I eat, also, the band has moved several times, my belly button changes shape and I can palpate the band way down where it is not supposed to be. Im going to have it taken out as soon as my insurance is effective...I am also planning to file a lawsuit. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS PROCEDURE TO ANYONE!

  • DonnaJanuary 29, 2013 at 7:12 am

    I have had the band since 3/2009. I had lost 68 lbs. Then for unknown reasons all the weight came back. I read the comments above and relate to all. I have this bulge in front of my stomach. Still throw up, can't eat ant type of bread, I have meds I take 2 are capsules, if I want them to stay down I have to dissolve them in juice. I went my PCP and she referred me to a Gastric Surgeon for e[Show More]I have had the band since 3/2009. I had lost 68 lbs. Then for unknown reasons all the weight came back. I read the comments above and relate to all. I have this bulge in front of my stomach. Still throw up, can't eat ant type of bread, I have meds I take 2 are capsules, if I want them to stay down I have to dissolve them in juice. I went my PCP and she referred me to a Gastric Surgeon for evaluation. I had to get a Care Credit Card for the surgery payment $400.00 a month. Surgery $15,000.00 Still owe $9,000.00. I have not had a day I have felt completely healthy. Someone should have to give me my money back.

  • BeckyJanuary 27, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Had my lap-band for almost 4 years when complications arose. Had excruciating pain, felt like gall-stones, but found after endoscopy that the band had eroded so much that it was inside my stomach. Emergency surgery found it had almost dissected my stomach & was over 80% inside. I, too, was self-pay but luckily insurance paid for the removal due to medical necessity but am still paying for the [Show More]Had my lap-band for almost 4 years when complications arose. Had excruciating pain, felt like gall-stones, but found after endoscopy that the band had eroded so much that it was inside my stomach. Emergency surgery found it had almost dissected my stomach & was over 80% inside. I, too, was self-pay but luckily insurance paid for the removal due to medical necessity but am still paying for the installation of that little failure. When oh when will there be a full-fledged congressional or FDA investigation into this stupid, stupid device?!

  • patriciaJanuary 23, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    I would love to know who totalk to on this. I had mine in May 2009 and have been in heel since then, I can barely keep foods down I live off cheese crackers, soup ect sometimes I can go 2-3 days with no ffod because i ccan not keep it down .. I have had no help and do not know what to do I have begged for doctors to figure this out and they could not, I did loose weight but I am a diabetic who ca[Show More]I would love to know who totalk to on this. I had mine in May 2009 and have been in heel since then, I can barely keep foods down I live off cheese crackers, soup ect sometimes I can go 2-3 days with no ffod because i ccan not keep it down .. I have had no help and do not know what to do I have begged for doctors to figure this out and they could not, I did loose weight but I am a diabetic who can not take meds properly eat out and miss eating real meals any advice Tampa fl now

  • Bruce / PattiJanuary 14, 2013 at 5:17 am

    I had my surgery in middle of June 2008, been fine up till about 6mo.ago having trouble sleeping lying flat in bed I start choking on saliva and having abdominal pain and nausea every day, cannot even eat or drink still have all ways had that issue. But I can say I was 425 lbs. and now 245 lbs. I have never had more than three fills. Since my wife and I had moved from he metroplex no doctors will [Show More]I had my surgery in middle of June 2008, been fine up till about 6mo.ago having trouble sleeping lying flat in bed I start choking on saliva and having abdominal pain and nausea every day, cannot even eat or drink still have all ways had that issue. But I can say I was 425 lbs. and now 245 lbs. I have never had more than three fills. Since my wife and I had moved from he metroplex no doctors will do the fills for you so that's why I never had another fill. I have restriction daily, also my wife had the same surgery back in Dec. 2004 she has now had to have her lap-band removed after having the port replaced then after a few months she had it removed due to more complications, then band eroded in stomach six weeks later she almost died with infection

  • RebeccaNovember 13, 2012 at 2:40 am

    I have had 2 lapbands placed and 1 revision. My band has now quit working. I did reach my goal weight but as soon as I hit my 3 year mark, it quit working. My first band had to be replaced for band slippage. I was within 10 pounds of my goal weight. The surgeries weren't covered by insurance and both quit working after 3 years. I have read lots of info on the LapBand and nothing states that they q[Show More]I have had 2 lapbands placed and 1 revision. My band has now quit working. I did reach my goal weight but as soon as I hit my 3 year mark, it quit working. My first band had to be replaced for band slippage. I was within 10 pounds of my goal weight. The surgeries weren't covered by insurance and both quit working after 3 years. I have read lots of info on the LapBand and nothing states that they quit working after a certain period if time. I have 2 friends that had surgery the sane time and they too have had theirs replaced after 3 years. I have had so many complications with the LapBand that I don't recommend it to anyone.

  • TeresaOctober 23, 2012 at 5:54 am

    I had my lapband put in 7/18/09 and from day 1 I have had pain, nausea, vomiitng (slimey stuff) severe shoulder pain. I was admitted back into the hospital he day after surgery for 4 days for pain control and iv fluids due to not being able to swallow at all. Since the surgery my health has diminished I went from working a full time job and raising 2 boys to being on disability and 1 son moving [Show More]I had my lapband put in 7/18/09 and from day 1 I have had pain, nausea, vomiitng (slimey stuff) severe shoulder pain. I was admitted back into the hospital he day after surgery for 4 days for pain control and iv fluids due to not being able to swallow at all. Since the surgery my health has diminished I went from working a full time job and raising 2 boys to being on disability and 1 son moving in with his dad because I was not able to take him to sports and such. I have just had my band removed 10/19/12. It took that long to find another Dr that would agree to do it since they did not put it in not to mention I have been having numerous other surgeries and just not had time to fit this surgery in. I still have severe left shoulder pain and nausea and right now having lots of abd pain and pain where my port was but I hope this improveswith time.

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More Than 9,600 Join Suboxone Lawsuit Over Tooth Decay in MDL Filing (Posted 3 days ago)

A bundled complaint of about 9,600 Suboxone lawsuits were filed in federal court on Friday, ahead of the two-year anniversary of the FDA requiring tooth decay label warnings on the opioid treatment film strips, which is also a deadline for filing a civil complaint in many states.