Lap band surgery is gaining popularity as an effective and comparatively safe surgical option to help people lose weight. In this technique, wrapping a band around the stomach will help you eat substantially less and thus reduce your weight considerably within few weeks following surgery. Lap band surgery has wide margin of safety as it poses less risk and because the band can be removed at any time if required. However, like any other surgical intervention, there are always side effects.
The most common side-effect people complain about is nausea and terrible gas pain. A person may wake up frequently at night due to throbbing pain in stomach area, chest, and shoulder. If you have recently been operated for banding your stomach, you might also be having the gas and associated pain. The healthcare professionals often recommend a regular walk to improve the movements of the gas up or down the gastrointestinal tract. If you’re not used to walk, be positive and take the gas problem as a motivation to walk. A number of patients have reported marked improvement in their gas and abdominal pain symptoms with the regular walk. The important thing is not to quit prematurely and following your daily walk schedule. Walk is not going to hurt you but help you. For most people, the intensity of gas pain reduces within few days after starting a regular walk.
Gas-X strips can help get rid of the gas after the lap band surgery. The Gas-X strips relieve the feeling of fullness, bloating, and pressure commonly referred to as a gas. Simethicone is the active ingredient of Gas-X, which breaks down the surface tension of trapped gas accumulated within your stomach. Gas-X reduces and prevents the formation of the gas bubbles usually get trapped within the stomach. By reducing the surface tension, Gas-X facilitates elimination of gas bubbles. You can have Gas-X that easily dissolves in your mouth and some patients experienced enhanced activity of Gas-X strips if taken with warm liquids. In others, simple changing the posture may help reducing the gas symptoms like standing straight up and then bending straight forward a few times. Moreover, you may try few yoga poses that can also help in reducing the intensity of the symptoms.
The other important factor you need to consider here is your diet. Watch the food that makes you have more gas and pain. Try to avoid soda, coffee, tea, chocolate, alcohol, and baked food as these are commonly reported to aggravate the symptoms. Smoking may also hurt and can cause nausea and gas pain in patients after the lap band surgery. After your surgery, liquids are recommended for certain period of time. While you start taking any solid food, take a small amount of it and observe its effects on your gas and associated pain. Taking small bites and chewing food well before swallowing it may also help. Similarly, take small sips of while drinking some liquid.
Keeping the positive mindset will help you go through this momentary phase quickly. If your symptoms start aggravating, talk to your healthcare professional to seek medical advice.