Perigastric band abscess: laparoscopic approach
Epublication WebSurg.com, Mar 2010;10(03). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en2886
Band infection after gastric banding is a relatively rare complication. In most cases, it manifests itself through abdominal pain associated with fever, and/or an abscess surrounding the access port. This is the case of a 37-year-old female patient in whom a gastric band was placed 5 years ago. The patient lost 60% of her excess weight; however, she complained that the gastric band was no longer as efficient. Imaging studies allowed to identify the existence of a 50mL supragastric pouch. A gastroscopy reveals nothing unusual. Following this postoperative control, we decided to remove the patient’s gastric band as she was troubled by the superior gastric pouch.