LAP-BAND® Recovery Process
Following Lap-Band surgery, you may feel sore and your mouth will be extremely dry. Immediately after the surgery you will most likely only be able to take a sip of water or chew on some ice chips to help alleviate the dry mouth you may be experiencing.
What to Expect During Lap-Band Surgery Recovery
Pain medication can help to manage any discomfort that you are experiencing while your body recovers from the surgery. Dr. Dahiya and the medical staff will help to advise you on certain over the counter medications that are safe for you to take. Once you have been checked out and released from the hospital, it will be required for someone to drive you home.
Dr. Dahiya will also provide you with a list of postoperative instructions and provide you with a potential list of complications that may arise.
A diet composed primarily of liquids should be used for a few weeks following the weight loss surgery until softer foods such as purees or shakes can be tolerated by your stomach. After a longer period of time, typically 4-6 weeks, solid foods are gradually re-introduced to the stomach and will be digested normally.
Potential Risks & Complications of Surgery
Once you have arrived back at home or wherever you will be recovering from your surgery, it is important to rest as much as possible. This will help to increase your circulation and may also reduce the risk of developing potential blood clots in your lower extremities.
Any heavy lifting or exercise is not permitted in the initial weeks after the procedure. Dr. Dahiya and his medical staff will advise you when it is safe to resume any exercise routine. Most patients can return to work within a week of the surgery, unless the employment is a physically demanding job in which case it is best to chat with a member of the medical staff before doing so.
After the weight loss surgery procedure, patients must make several follow-up visits with their surgeon to ensure no complications have arisen from the surgery as well to adjust the band. On average, approximately 50 percent of excess weight is lost in the first two years following the procedure. Additional plastic surgery may be necessary depending on the amount of weight lost.