After Your Procedure: Living with LAP-BAND®
For many individuals, diet and exercise alone are not effective measures to lose a substantial amount of weight. When other treatments have failed, these patients often make great candidates for LAP-BAND® surgery. Oftentimes, patients do not know what to expect from living with LAP-BAND® after their procedure. The team at our Fairfield County practice can help you understand the various lifestyle changes that you will need to adopt to ensure that you can shed the unwanted pounds and maintain your new, healthier weight. To learn more about LAP-BAND® or the LifeBand® difference, please contact our office to make an appointment with one of our doctors.
The LAP-BAND® Surgical Procedure
LAP-BAND® surgery is a laparoscopic procedure, which means it is performed using several small incisions in the abdomen. Through these incisions, a camera and very precise instruments will place an adjustable band around the stomach, without harming the surrounding organs and tissues. This band reduces the capacity of the stomach, which in turn lowers the amount of food and calories that can be taken in by the patient. This enables patients to lose one to three pounds per week in the year following surgery, provided they also adopt several lifestyle changes that will help them reach their weight-loss goals. It is important to remember that the LAP-BAND® is a tool that makes it easier for patients to lose weight, but getting regular exercise and eating a healthy diet are the variables that actually result in weight loss.
Achieving and Maintaining Your Results
After the LAP-BAND® has been placed and the patient has recovered from the minimally invasive procedure, they will begin burning more calories each day than they are taking in, which leads to weight loss. Following your procedure, you will be temporarily restricted to a liquid diet until your nutritionist determines that you are ready for solid foods. Once you have returned to eating solid foods, it is very important to remember to eat small meals consisting of proteins and healthy foods. You will need to eat very slowly because you do not want to overfill your stomach. The newly reduced capacity will only be able to accommodate a few ounces of food at a time. It is also important to avoid alcohol, foods that are high in fat and carbohydrates, and carbonated beverages while you are losing weight.
You will continue to work very closely with your doctor and nutritionist in the months following your procedure to determine what your body can handle during your recovery and weight loss. In addition to the changes that you will make to your diet, getting regular exercise is the most important change you will need to commit to.
Life without Restrictions
After recovering from your procedure, the LAP-BAND® will not restrict your activities in any way. Patients are able to exercise regularly, enjoy time with their friends, play with their kids, or become pregnant without complications from their surgery. The LAP-BAND® can be adjusted or removed as needed in the future. Following massive weight loss, many patients decide to undergo lift procedures, body contouring surgeries which help their appearance complement their new bodies.
Contact Our Office
If you would like to learn more about the LAP-BAND® procedure or the lifestyle changes that are necessary to your successful weight loss, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons.