LAP-BAND® Results: Beginning a Healthy New Chapter in Your Life
LAP-BAND® is a minimally invasive surgical option for patients in search of substantial weight loss. It is minimally invasive, and requires only a short recovery time. Because LAP-BAND® is performed laparoscopically (using small robotic instruments inserted through small incisions), it results in less scarring, and recovery requires less time off of work. If you have questions about LAP-BAND® recovery, contact the Fairfield County LifeBand® office. LifeBand® is a new approach to LAP-BAND® surgery in which patients receive comprehensive care before, during, and after surgery. This approach caters to patients who can benefit from significant weight loss, but may not be candidates for bariatric surgery insurance coverage or are looking for a simpler, more convenient alternative.
Your LAP-BAND® procedure will be performed on an outpatient basis. You should plan to take several days off work to rest, and refrain from physical activity for four to six days after your surgery. You will return to the LifeBand® surgical center one week following surgery to evaluate your recovery. At this time, you will also visit with your nutritionist to ensure that you are acclimating to your post-operative dietary instructions. You may be placed on a liquid diet for several days after your surgery. Your nutritionist will determine when you can begin eating solid foods again.
Once your incisions have healed you can begin exercising. By consuming fewer calories than you use each day, you will gradually lose weight over time. The average rate of weight loss with the LAP-BAND® is 1 to 3 pounds per week. You will need to attend follow-up visits to check in with your nutritionist and surgeon.
Following your LAP-BAND® procedure, you will continue working with a nutritionist to learn healthier ways of eating. Immediately following surgery, you will start back on a clear liquid diet to allow your body to heal.
Gradually, you will reintroduce solid foods into your diet. Lifelong dietary changes will include:
- Cutting your food into small pieces and chewing very thoroughly.
- Learning to listen to your body signals and stopping when you feel satisfied.
- Avoiding starchy foods, such as bread, bagels, and pasta.
- Avoiding "crumbly" foods, such as chips and crackers, and learning to focus on foods with high nutritional value.
- Minimizing or eliminating carbonated beverages.
- Minimizing your intake of alcoholic beverages.
Following LAP-BAND® surgery, you will typically experience steady weight loss of 1 to 3 pounds per week. It is important to work closely with your surgeon and nutritionist so that they can monitor your progress. It is extremely important to remember that LAP-BAND® is a weight loss tool, not a substitute for healthy changes in your way of life. For the best possible results, you should exercise regularly and eat a lower calorie diet full of produce, lean proteins, and whole grains.
Risks and Complications
LAP-BAND® is safe and has a high success rate. However, as with all surgery, there are some risks, including:
- Blood clots
- Slippage of the band, resulting in heartburn and nausea
- Obstruction of the opening of the stomach
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Esophogeal dilation
- Poor nutrition
- Possible reoperation
It is important to remember that these risks are uncommon. By working closely with your surgeon and nutritionist following your banding procedure, you can further reduce these risks. Additionally, the gastric band is adjustable and removable, which often makes it simple to correct any problems that may arise.
Although LAP-BAND® involves a short recovery time, it does require a long-term commitment to healthy lifestyle choices. To learn more about LAP-BAND®, the LifeBand® alternative, or the recovery process, schedule a consultation with a gastric banding specialist today.