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Cooking tips post Lap-Band® surgery

December 19, 2019

The Lap-Band® is a tool designed for those who are ready to make a serious commitment to weight loss. To see best results, patients should begin incorporating a healthy dose of exercise into their routine. Their diet is also of the utmost importance. Without all of these healthy behaviors in place, patients may not receive the ideal results they hope to achieve. Incorporating healthy recipes into their diet after the Lap-Band Procedure is the best way to lose weight safely and intelligently.

Following the surgery, you’ll need to let your stomach heal properly, which means you’ll need to ease back into solid foods. For the first two days, you’ll stick to water, clear liquids, and ice chips. For the remainder of the first week following surgery, you will need to maintain a liquid diet. You can have broth (without cream), skim milk, sugar-free juice, and water. During weeks two through three, pureed foods are allowed, such as pureed proteins and vegetables, hummus, mashed potatoes, applesauce, yogurt, and pudding. Soft foods like egg salad and cottage cheese are also allowed. Days twenty-two through forty-two, soft foods like fish and ground turkey can be incorporated, along with a list of foods provided by your specialist or dietitian. Liquids are allowed, but should not be consumed with meals. It’s important to follow this diet, chew slowly, and take small bites to accommodate your smaller stomach opening.

Once you’ve eased into eating solids foods again, you’ll need to continue to adopt healthy eating habits and follow a healthy, balanced diet. You should only eat when you are hungry. Your new stomach pouch can only hold about one-quarter cup of food at a time, which equates to about three small meals per day. Protein should be consumed first to ensure you get the proper fuel; continue with your other nutrients like fruits and vegetables, and slowly eat until you are satiated. You should not feel overly full. Don’t eat until your next meal; break the habit of snacking.

Because you are eating less food, it’s important to eat high quality foods high in nutrients, protein, and vitamins. Avoid junk food, such as foods high in fat and sugar. Consume meat, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains. Stick with low-calorie drinks; water is best, and if you choose to drink fruit juice, it should have no sugar added.

Be mindful when planning your meals and deciding on preparation. You can add a lot of extra calories and fat depending on how you prepare your meals. Instead of frying your meat, grill or bake it, and avoid heavy, filling, calorie-laden breading or sauces. Relying on seasonings can add plenty of flavor. Choose plain, low-fat yogurt for breakfast with a small handful of berries for added flavor. Try a piece of toast with fruit for lunch, followed by grilled chicken and a salad for dinner. Avoid creamy, fattening dressing, and opt for a fat-free kind or make your own using olive oil and vinegar.

Do you have any questions regarding maintaining a healthy diet after Lap-Band Surgery? Give our experts a call at 1-800-LAPBAND.


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Important Lap-Band® System Safety Information

The ReShape Lap-Band Systems are approved for adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or a BMI of at least 30 with health conditions related to obesity, who have not seen success with other weight loss methods, like supervised diet, exercise, and behavior modification programs. Choosing this surgery means committing to changes in eating habits for the long term.

The Lap-Band procedure is not approved for individuals under 18 yo, those with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or lead to poor results, such as inflammatory or cardiopulmonary diseases, problems with the stomach and digestion, symptoms or family history of autoimmune disease, scarring of the liver, individuals unable or unwilling to follow the necessary dietary restrictions, individuals with alcohol or drug addictions, or those currently pregnant. Individuals who become pregnant after band placement may require deflation of their bands.

The ReShape Lap-Band Systems, a long-term tool, may need to be adjusted if you get pregnant, sick, or malnourished. Be careful with anti-inflammatory drugs as they could make the band wear away. Like any surgery, placement of the Lap-Band may have complications such as risks from drugs and methods used, general surgery risks, how well your body handles a foreign object, or in rare cases, risk of death.

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with metabolic and bariatric surgery that you and your doctor should discuss. Potential risks associated with the Lap-Band include nausea, vomiting, heartburn, stomach blockage, constipation, swallowing difficulty, diarrhea, abnormal stools, abdominal pain, weakness, incision pain, infection, fever, hernia, chest pain, band movement, stomach pouch expansion, unusual healing, pain at the port site, port movement, and/or hair loss. Additional surgery might be needed. Losing weight quickly could lead to complications requiring more surgery. 

Talk to your doctor, and/or visit our website at for more information on its benefits and risks.