Dr Simpson, one of the best Single Incision Lap-Band Surgeons in Arizona, explains what food lap band patients should eat after the surgery. Dr. Simpson starts by saying that the first few days after surgery you will see that your incisions are healing really well.
Dr Simpson: We think it’s important that you go ahead and shower and wash them. Most wound infections come from patient’s skin, so the simple act of showering will help you keep from having a wound infection. You don’t need to cover them with band aids, although sometimes if you find that a wound is underneath a bra or breast, you just need to cover them with gauze.
What to Eat After Lap Band Surgery
Dr Simpson: What do you eat, what is the progression? I want you to think of your new stomach as being like a baby’s stomach. You may have some sense of restriction, you may not, and we don’t care at this point. Here is what we want you to do. The first 24 hours are pretty easy; just clear liquids – warm liquids do best. They should go down easily, they should go down smoothly, and they shouldn’t back up. If they do, we want to know about it.
After the first 24 hours we want you to start on what we call full liquids. There’s a complete description about that on the website. For the first seven days you are going to be on liquids. Drink a lot, in fact, we find the more you drink the better you are going to heal and the better you are going to feel. One of the things that the band does, you’ll notice, it suppresses your appetite. It also suppresses your thirst, so it’s important to make fluids a real important component of your day. Always carry around a bottle of water, Dr. Simpson advises.
As you go into the next week you’re going to start on some soft foods. Soft foods are just that, they are foods that are soft. They are designed so that they’ll go into your stomach. They won’t last you long, they won’t give you a sense of satiety, but they will warm you and make you feel a little better. Things like mashed potatoes are good. Then we want you to get out of the soft foods and into the solid foods at a comfortable rate.
You should avoid white bread during this time, you should avoid white pasta, you should avoid sticky white rice, you should avoid dried chicken, and you certainly should avoid rubbery eggs. One of the things with scrambled eggs is if you don’t use them and put them in a microwave they will get rubbery and they will stick. So just avoid those things all together. Those are the things you will find will work best with you and your weight loss plan. As you go forward, continue eating.
How to Know if the New Gastric Band Needs Adjusting
Dr. Simpson: The most important part of the band is that it is adjustable. How do we know when it needs adjusting? It’s pretty simple. It’s when you have a small amount of food and it lasts you for a long period of time. You’re going to notice early on a sensation that you have eaten enough, the band is telling you to stop. That’s okay. I want you to know that this sensation doesn’t last forever, and you should never use that sensation to tell you when to stop. Obviously if it tells you to stop, pay attention to it, but that’s not what the purpose of the band is. It’s just a benefit early on.
It is Important to Learn Portion Control
Dr. Simpson: What we want you to do is portion control. So here’s what we’d like you to do; when you’re in your solid phase take a small plate, like a bread or salad plate, and put the portions out on there specifically: four ounces by volume, not by weight for your meat, fish, or poultry and six ounces of your vegetables.
Start eating vegetables. Make a production of it. Don’t stand and eat and don’t rush and eat, and don’t drink and eat. Drink all your fluid before. Put the meal down and start eating. Do not ever, ever, ever finish your plate. This is not a clean plate club. Stop when you feel a first sense of satiety, put the food away, you’re done. Never, ever go beyond that amount, that’s when slips occur. Instead, eat a comfortable amount, push the plate away.
What I’m going to want to know when I see you again in four to six weeks is how long that lasts you. Don’t be surprised that different times of day and different types of food will last different amounts. You may not want anything for breakfast; in fact the only thing you may want for breakfast is a cup of hot coffee or tea, maybe a little yogurt. That’s fine, but for lunch and dinner we want you to have a little bit of protein and some vegetables. That’s it.
Those are some early rules that will help you a lot. Welcome to this side of the weight loss world. You’re surgery is over, you’ve done great. Now let’s start using the tool, Dr. Simpson advises.