An unusual complication 4 years after laparoscopic adjustable banding: jejunal obstruction due to the connecting tube

Obes Surg. 2011 Jan;21(1):131-3. doi: 10.1007/s11695-009-0057-7. Epub 2009 Dec 22.


Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) is an often performed bariatric procedure for morbid obesity. Several complications are known, including surgery and port-side-associated complications. As rare but serious late complication of LAGB, we describe a 50-year-old patient with periodic incomplete intestinal constriction due to the silicone connecting tube, 4 years after laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding was performed. Abdominal CT scan showed an obstructive ileus due to a loop in the connecting tube. After surgical removal of the connecting tube, the patient recovered without sequelae.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Foreign-Body Migration / etiology*
  • Foreign-Body Migration / surgery
  • Gastroplasty / adverse effects*
  • Gastroplasty / instrumentation
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Obstruction / etiology*
  • Intestinal Obstruction / surgery
  • Jejunum*
  • Laparoscopy
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity, Morbid / surgery*