Post-Surgical Care Six Months After LAP-BAND
If you’re looking into the LAP-BAND® Surgery, it’s important to know what to expect. That means understanding how your lifestyle will need to drastically change, what happens during the surgery, how long the recovery time is, and what the rest of your life will look like. Your life will look differently one month after LAP-BAND, six months after LAP-BAND, and 12 months after LAP-BAND. Aftercare is necessary when you have the LAP-BAND Surgery. You cannot simply have the procedure and forget about it and go back to poor eating habits. Not only will you have to drastically change the way you eat, but you will have to have the LAP-BAND adjusted as you lose weight.
It takes one month or more for your stomach structure to heal from surgery, so your stomach should be healed by the six-month mark. Your first adjustment typically takes place about four to six weeks after your initial surgery, though adjustments vary for each person. Around the 6-month mark, you may be ready for a second, or even third, adjustment. You don’t want to rush an adjustment; your specialist will help you decide if an adjustment is right for you. Typically, if you have no weight loss for more than three weeks, you have an increased appetite, or you feel hungry again less than four hours after a meal, it’s time to adjust the LAP-BAND so that you can continue losing weight. You will want to continue to pay close attention to these signals that an adjustment is needed. Otherwise, you may notice yourself plateauing.
The six months after your procedure are crucial. It may be a difficult transition as you adjust to eating differently, both because you will be eating healthier foods and consuming less. At six months, you may have lost a significant amount of weight, but that doesn’t mean you should stray from your healthy diet. To continue losing weight and to maintain weight loss, you will want to continue to follow your healthy lifestyle.
Many factors contribute to the success of a LAP-BAND patient, but those that are committed to a lifelong change and take their aftercare seriously are more likely to experience success compared to those who don’t.
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Important LAP-BAND® System Safety Information
The LAP-BAND® System is indicated for weight reduction for patients with obesity, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40 kg/m2 or a BMI of at least 30 kg/m2 with one or more obesity-related comorbid conditions. It is indicated for use only in adult patients who have failed more conservative weight reduction alternatives, such as supervised diet, exercise and behavior modification programs. Patients who elect to have this surgery must make the commitment to accept significant changes in their eating habits for the rest of their lives.
The LAP-BAND® System is not recommended for non-adult patients, patients with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or increase the risk of poor results, who are unwilling or unable to comply with the required dietary restrictions, or who currently are or may be pregnant.
The LAP-BAND® System is a long-term implant. Explant and replacement surgery may be required. Patients who become pregnant or severely ill, or who require more extensive nutrition may require deflation of their bands. Anti-inflammatory agents, such as aspirin, should be used with caution and may contribute to an increased risk of band erosion.
Placement of the LAP-BAND® System is major surgery and, as with any surgery, death can occur. Possible complications include the risks associated with the medications and methods used during surgery, the risks associated with any surgical procedure, and the patient’s ability to tolerate a foreign object implanted in the body. Most common related adverse events include: Band slippage, pouch dilation, stoma obstruction, gastroesophageal reflux, esophageal dilation, cholelithiasis, incisional infection, abdominal pain, gastroenteritis, or nausea and vomiting may occur. Reoperation may be required. Rapid weight loss may result in complications that may require additional surgery. Deflation of the band may alleviate excessively rapid weight loss or esophageal dilation.
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