What to Expect During LAP-BAND Recovery
As compared to other more intensive forms of bariatric surgery, LAP-BAND® surgery has a shorter procedural and recovery time. Patients can expect to leave our Tijuana, Mexico, surgical facility within one day of their procedure and return to work two weeks later. Both before and after surgery, patients must maintain a strict diet, which will help their body adjust to the new LAP-BAND system. Patients can expect to reintroduce solid food into their diet at around six weeks. To ensure you feel prepared for surgery, Dr. Jacqueline Osuna can provide you with detailed at-home care instructions. You should adhere to these guidelines to ensure you achieve a smooth LAP-BAND recovery and successful results. Patients who understand how to properly care for their bodies after surgery have a reduced risk for complications throughout their recovery.
How to Prepare for Recovery
Before and after surgery, patients are required to maintain a restrictive diet. We recommend patients stock their pantry and refrigerator with appropriate food and beverages to ensure a smooth transition after surgery. You should also arrange for a friend or loved one to drive you to and from your procedure, as the after-effects of anesthesia can take several hours to wear off.
Immediately After Surgery
You should wake up 20 to 30 minutes after your procedure is complete. As you will have received anesthesia, it is normal to feel groggy and disoriented. However, these side effects should subside within several hours. A few hours after surgery, we encourage you to walk around your room. This will promote healthy blood flow and encourage healing. Because this procedure is minimally invasive and performed laparoscopically, most patients can return home either the same day as or one day after surgery. Before leaving the hospital, Dr. Osuna will perform a “swallow test” to ensure the LAP-BAND is secure.
If you experience any pain or discomfort in, you can take prescription pain medication or over-the-counter medication as directed, During the first week, you should walk 30 minutes each day and then get plenty of rest. You should also follow a liquids-only diet including:
- Ice pops
- Protein shakes
Avoid carbonated drinks during this time, as they can result in increased risk for complications.
Diet and Activity
Around the two-week mark, you can return to work. However, it is important to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting. You can also begin expanding your diet to soft foods, such as:
- Mashed potatoes
- Small bits of chicken and fish
- Pureed fruits and vegetables
Throughout recovery, you should:
- Cut foods into small pieces
- Chew thoroughly
- Avoid drinking 30 minutes before and after a meal
As your body adjusts, you may feel fuller faster or experience mild digestive cramps. This is completely normal as your body heals and adjusts to the LAP-BAND system. If cramping increases or is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, please contact our office immediately as these may be signs of infection or other complications. You may also feel fatigued, but this is also to be expected. Be patient with your body as it heals, and try to maintain a healthy lifestyle and outlook.
We encourage patients to limit their intake of sugary, fried, and starchy food and focus on consuming healthy proteins, fruits, and vegetables.
Around the six-week mark, you can begin adding solid food to your diet. We encourage patients to limit their intake of sugary, fried, and starchy food and focus on consuming healthy proteins, fruits, and vegetables. Reverting to previous eating habits can lead to weight gain or serious digestive issues. At this time, you can also return to most normal activities, including exercise.
Schedule Your Procedure
If you are interested in learning more about LAP-BAND and the benefits of surgery, contact our office today to schedule your consultation. Dr. Osuna and her dedicated team would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the treatment process, candidacy, or recovery.
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