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1999 – LAP-BAND Complications Include Perforations of Stomach, Prolapse of Stomach Through Band

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We are no longer accepting cases regarding these products.  Due to a terrible Supreme Court ruling, consumers injured by this product are no longer permitted to sue the manufacturers of this device.  We wish we could help, but the Supreme Court has taken the rights of citizens away to protect the profits of medical device manufacturers.  For more information, please read the following New York Times article entitled “Medical Device Ruling Redraws Lines on Lawsuits.

In 1999, a team of researchers led by P.E. O’Brien et al. published the results of a study titled “Prospective study of a laparoscopically placed, adjustable gastric band in the treatment of morbid obesity.” in The British Journal of Surgery.

Studying a consecutive series of 302 morbidly obese patients who had a Lap-Band adjustable gastric banding implanted, the team found that “The incidence of significant early complications was 4 per cent and included two perforations of the stomach after open placement” and, “ The principal late complication of prolapse of the stomach through the band occurred in 27 patients (9 per cent).”

While “The Lap-Band is an effective method for achieving good weight loss in the morbidly obese at up to 4 years of follow-up,” the procedure and use of the device carries with it serious complications.

Sadly, the LAP-BAND Warning Label often underestimates the rate at which these complications occur, leading patients to have a false sense of security.  As such, a number of people have filed lawsuits against the manufacturer of the LAP-BAND, Allergan.

 

Our Allergan LAP-BAND Lawsuit Information page is a great place to start if you have any questions about the Allergan LAP-BAND.