Follow Up After LAP-BAND® Surgery
For our Certified Weight Loss Surgeons, it is very important that we keep in touch with our Patients not only in the beginning, before they decide to come, but definitely is really satisfying for us to be a good support and be helpful for all or our patients at anytime they may have a need.
Life After Lap Band Surgery
One of the benefits of the Lap Band System is that patients return to normal activity relatively quickly after Surgery. It also takes most people about a week to return to work and a month to six weeks to resume strenuous exercising.
Lap Band System Surgery is the first step on the road to successful and sustained weight loss. However, you must take the next step by adopting a lifelong program that will help you meet your goals.
After Lap Band Diet
After Stomach Banding Surgery, you will need a new nutrition plan. Our doctor can help you learn about and get used to the changes in lifestyle and eating habits you need to make. It is very important to follow the eating and drinking instructions beginning immediately after the operation.
In the first 2 weeks after your Surgery, you will be on a Liquid Diet, since only liquids will be tolerated by your stomach at that time. As you heal, you will gradually progress to pureed foods (three to four weeks post-op) and then soft foods (five weeks post-op). Finally, you will be able to eat solid foods.
When you can eat solid foods without problems you will need to pay close attention to your diet. The lap band System is designed to restrict solids, not liquids, so drinking liquids will not make you feel full. You also should not drink liquids during or immediately after meals, as they will flush food through the reduced stomach pouch, which means you will not get the prolonged feeling of satiety needed to help you eat less. However, staying hydrated and drinking lots of water throughout, the day is important. You will also need to learn to eat slowly and chew your food very thoroughly.
It is recommended that you eat between 3 and 4 meals a day and be sure that these meals contain the adequate nutrients. You will need to make good food choices and learn to avoid problem foods, such as High-fiber, high fat and dry foods, since these are more difficult for the small stomach pouch to digest. Good Food choices include fruit and vegetables, learn protein, some bread and cereal, and same dairy products. Foods that have a concentrated supply of calories with little nutritional value, such as milkshakes, syrups, jam, and pastries, should be avoided as much as possible.
Incorporating regular physical activity into your daily routine is as important as following your nutrition plan. Other patients have been sedentary due to decreased activity tolerance, psychological constraints, and in some cases, physical disabilities. After Gastric Band Surgery, aerobic activities-particularly walking and swimming are generally best tolerated. You will need to consult your doctor to check your weight management team to find out which activity is right for you.
Being able to adjust the band is a unique feature of the Lap Band System, and is normal part of the post-surgery follow up. This Feature allows your surgeon to the right level of restriction to meet your individual needs.
Adjustments are simple office visits that only take 10 or 15 minutes. They are performed without surgery using a thin needle to inject or withdraw saline from the band via the access port. This widens or narrows the band opening to control the rate of your weight loss. The most common reasons for adjustments are that you are not able to eat much of anything without feeling uncomfortable and vomiting (your band is too tight) or that you are not losing weight (your band is too loose). The first adjustment is typically done 4 to 6 weeks after surgery, and the total number of adjustments you may have will depend on your individual weight-loss rate and results.
YOUR MOTIVATION: KEY TO SUCCESS
To work the Lap Band System needs your active participation. Your success will depend on you and the partnership between you and your medical team. The Doctor and his team won´t perform the operation unless he is sure that you understand the problems your excess weight is causing. Our team will also make sure you understand your responsibilities. Including adopting and maintaining new eating patterns and a healthy lifestyle.