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Recovery from LAP-BAND® Surgery: What Patients Can Expect

A woman at a doctor's scaleWhen patients undergo LAP-BAND® surgery at our Tijuana practice, they know that they are in expert hands. We use the latest surgical techniques and also place a great emphasis on proper pre-op and post-op care. This helps ensure a quick and problem-free recovery.

Prospective LAP-BAND® patients tend to wonder what the healing process following the surgery is like. Let's cover some of the basics of LAP-BAND® recovery to offer prospective patients some realistic expectations.

Resting Is a Key Part of Recovery

After undergoing LAP-BAND® surgery, patients will be instructed to rest and avoid physical exertion and strenuous physical activity. You will carefully monitored on-site in the early days of recovery so potential complications can be identified and treated as soon as possible.

Promote Circulation Through Walking

Even though patients should get ample rest, they will be asked to walk just a little when they are able. Light walking, even if just for a few minutes, can help promote circulation and prevent blood clots from forming in the legs. Just a little bit of physical activity can prevent major complications from occurring.

Addressing Pain and Discomfort

Soreness after surgery is a common issue for all bariatric procedures. Pain for LAP-BAND® surgery patients will typically be the most pronounced in the early days after surgery. Rest and proper use of pain relievers can help make this discomfort manageable. The pain should steadily abate from day to day over the course of the first week or so.

Changes to Your Diet After LAP-BAND® Surgery

Strict dietary changes are one of the most important parts of the recovery process following LAP-BAND® surgery. Patients will start with a diet of clear liquids, slowly introducing soft foods and solids over the course of a month or so. This will help your body adjust to the changes in the stomach size.

While there is a little variation in the post-surgical diet, many LAP-BAND® patients can expect the following timeline and guidelines during the first month:

  • Phase One – Only clear liquids
  • Phase Two – Creamy and pureed foods
  • Phase Three – Soft foods that have been carefully prepared
  • Phase Four – Solid foods slowly brought back into the diet

The phases tend to correspond with the number of weeks after surgery.

LAP-BAND® and Post-Surgical Scarring

LAP-BAND® surgery is performed laparoscopically. This means that small incisions on the abdomen are used to avoid open surgery. The incision are tiny and will leave behind small scars. Thankfully since the incisions are so small, the scars after LAP-BAND® surgery are not especially noticeable and will fade with time.

Returning to Normal Activities

Over the course of several weeks, patients will go from resting with just a little walking to a return to a normal routine. In addition to a new diet, patients will exercise more as a way of promoting wellness. Each patient's recovery differs, so it's important that patients take things slow when it comes to strenuous exercise, and that they follow their surgeon's instructions carefully.

Learn More About LAP-BAND® Surgery

For more information about weight loss surgery can how we can help you lose weight and achieve greater wellness, be sure to contact the weight loss surgery experts at Tijuana Bariatric Center today. We will work with you to help you achieve your short-term and long-term health goals.

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