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The importance of hydration

July 1, 2020

Staying hydrated is especially important during the summer months, when it’s excessively hot and much easier to become dehydrated. If you have just had the Lap-Band® Surgery, it is even more crucial to stay hydrated. Some people can be hospitalized following bariatric surgery due to dehydration. It’s important to know the signs of dehydration and to develop strong habits of hydrating regularly. 

Understanding how much water your body needs is not one-size-fits-all as was previously believed, but a good number to aspire to is eight glasses of water per day. How much water you drink per day depends on a few factors, including your weight, any health conditions that can make too much water a problem, and any medications you may be on that can cause you to retain water. A good rule of thumb is to divide your body weight by two and then drink that number of ounces of water per day. For instance, if you weigh 150 pounds, you would need to drink 75 ounces of water per day. 

If you want your body to function properly, you need to drink a lot of water. Staying hydrated is also an important part of the weight-loss process. Staying hydrated improves your digestion, helps flush the system, and reduces fluid retention. Water is a necessary part of the food metabolizing process, which includes burning fat. Water also acts as a natural appetite suppressant, so sometimes if you feel hungry, you may actually just be thirsty and a glass of water will be enough to satiate you. 

You may find it difficult after Lap-Band Surgery to get your recommended daily ounces of water, as your stomach pouch is smaller. The process may a hard adjustment at first, but you will become accustomed to this. It is important that you do not drink fluids that will dehydrate you further, like caffeinated drinks or alcohol. Any carbonated drinks may also be an issue after Lap-Band Surgery or other bariatric surgeries. They could cause gas, bloating, nausea, and other stomach discomfort. These beverages can also have hidden sugar and calories, which can cause you to gain weight or plateau. 

It’s far too easy to go throughout the day without thinking about how much water you’ve consumed, so track your consumption with an app or set a reminder on your phone to drink water at regular intervals. Make sure you also carry a reusable water bottle with you so that you can refill it regularly. 

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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.