Lap Band surgery has become a ray of hope to people who need to lose a large amount of weight and who have not had success in ordinary dieting. In this procedure, a plastic band is placed around the top of your stomach, usually laparoscopically, to allow you to feel full after eating smaller amounts of food.
Lap bands limit your intake of food, so if you experience nausea, you may not be chewing your food thoroughly, or you might not be following the proper diet. If nausea persists, it is recommended that you contact your doctor, as in some cases the placement of the lap band may need to be adjusted. Don’t encourage vomiting, because it can cause your stomach pouch to become stretched out, or cause slippage of some of the stomach through the band.
How Soon Will I Return To Work?
Most people who have the lap band procedure done are back to work within a week or so, and back to their normal exercise routine after four to six weeks. After that time, you can do any kind of exercise, including strenuous workouts. You can plan to lose about one or two pounds a week if you are like the average lap band patients. This doesn’t seem like a lot, but in a year, that’s a goodly amount of weight to lose. You do have to eat sensibly – the lap band isn’t a miracle cure for obesity.
Your doctor will want to check on you after your lap band surgery, usually weekly for the first month or so, and then once every one to three months for the rest of the first year. He or she can perform adjustments to the lap band, if needed.
Once your incision heals, no one will be able to tell where the lap band’s port lies just under your skin. If something happens that causes the need for the lap band to be removed, it can be, and the stomach usually just returns to its former shape.
The lap band usually makes patients feel less hungry, since there is a smaller area of the stomach to fill. If you become ill, whether related to the lap band or not, it can be adjusted if you need to temporarily take in more food. You can also become pregnant while your lap band is still on – it can be loosened and then tightened after your baby is born.
You will need to check with your doctor and take extra vitamins, if you are not getting enough through the lesser amounts of food you are eating. Other prescriptions should be taken in capsule form, if possible. Larger pills may need to be broken, so that they don’t become stuck in the stoma.
If you eat out, only order and eat a small amount of food. You won’t be able to eat as much as you used to. Let your friends or family know that you won’t be eating a lot. You may suffer from constipation and some stool reduction, since you are not taking in as much fiber as you used to. Ask your doctor any questions you have, before the surgery, and decide with him or her whether the lap band will work well for you, or whether the risks make it not worthwhile in your case.