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Lap Band Surgery: What Can I Expect After Surgery?

By Beliteweight @BeLiteWeight

Weight loss surgery is an important decision that an overweight person must make. In order to make a good decision about whether or not weight loss surgery is the best option, they will want to know all about the pre-op procedures, the surgery itself and what they can expect after a lap band procedure.

Lap band surgery can only be successful if the patient has the right tools to change their lives for the long term after the surgery. There are also more immediate concerns directly after the surgery. Just like any other major medical procedure, it is important for the patient to get plenty of rest and follow their doctor’s instructions. During the first few days after the surgery, the patient should rest and avoid heavy lifting. Once they begin to feel a little better, walking is an excellent way to help them get back on their feet and really start the recovery process.

Some things a patient should watch out for during this time is anything out of the ordinary, such as excessive pain, high fever, shortness of breath and swelling around the incision point. Once the immediate post-surgical recovery is over, it is time to focus on diet and exercise.

The first two weeks after a lap band procedure the patient is required to follow a strict liquid diet. Slowly, pureed and softer foods will be able to be added into the mix. Plenty of water is also essential to maintaining weight loss through this type of procedure. Overindulging or eating the wrong foods can have adverse affects, such as vomiting and other health consequences.

Within a few weeks of the weight loss surgery, physical activity should be resumed. It may need to be started slow at first, but it’s important build into a full daily exercise routine, and be sure to maintain this over time. This can be assisted with the support of support group (family and friends) or weight management team, which is highly recommended to stay motivated and keep on the right track.

Throughout the first year after the surgery, it is important to schedule appointments with the surgeon for occasional checkups. It is also important to visit a nutritional expert to help you maintain or revise diet and exercise plans and ultimately ensure success with lap band surgery.


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