Getting ready to have your Lap-Band® Procedure done? Your specialist has talked to you about what to expect, and the changes you’ll need to implement, but it’s always great to have a refresher.
Before your surgery, you’ll have initial meetings with your specialist and other experts. You’ll talk in detail about the procedure, and they’ll help you understand what happens before and after the operation. Some of the other experts you may meet with could include a dietitian and a psychologist.
After these initial meetings, you’ll have a
presurgical meeting with a specialist and anesthetist. You’ll discuss your
entire medical history, from your past and current illnesses, to illnesses and
injuries, to allergies to medications. During this time, it is crucial that you
disclose all your health conditions. You should also ask all the questions you
have at this time.
Ready for Surgery
There are a slew of tests that you’ll need
to have completed before your surgery that are designed to ensure you are
healthy enough for surgery. Tests include chest X-rays, a blood pressure test,
and blood tests.
At this point, you can begin collecting the
items you’ll need for the day of your surgery and the days following. That
includes loose-fitting clothes, a small pillow to guard your injection site
from the seatbelt on your car ride home, a list of your medications and at
least a two days’ supply of each, and insurance information. At home, make sure
you have broth, ice chips, skim milk, and sugar-free popsicles and fruit juice.
The day before your surgery, you’ll have a
more specific set of instructions from your specialist. For instance, you may
be instructed to refrain from eating or drinking anything the night prior.
You may go to the hospital or surgery
center the night prior to your surgery or the morning of your surgery. The
important thing is that you arrive well in advance of your procedure. Be sure
to bring someone with you that can stay with you and safely bring you home.
You’ll receive general anesthesia for the
surgery, which will take around two to three hours (though the procedure itself
takes less than an hour). Typically, the procedure is completed laparoscopically,
but sometimes the specialist may need to change to an open procedure. If this
happens, you’ll need to spend more time in the hospital, and there will be more
recovery time. This doesn’t happen often, but your doctor will talk to you
You may feel some pain around the cuts upon
waking from the anesthesia. It’s usually described as a dull ache that can be
relieved with normal painkillers and fades within a couple days. The staff will
get you moving to prevent any issues like blood clots or bedsores. Typically,
you will leave the hospital within one day. Your health team may check to make
sure your band is in the correct place and that the stomach outlet is open
using a fluoroscope.
Once you’re home, you’ll start your weight-loss journey with the prescribed plan from your surgeon or dietitian.
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