Recovering after Gastric Band Surgery
In Macon, as in other areas, people are turning to lap band surgery to help with weight management. Before deciding to choose stomach banding for weight loss, most people want to know about the operation and the recovery process.
Because the lap band operation is a minimally invasive procedure, recovery is often shorter than other types of weight loss surgery, and patients generally have fewer problems associated with the operation and recovery process.
The Lap Band operation is generally performed on an outpatient basis. During the first week, you may be tired and experience some discomfort. Rest as much as possible and avoid lifting heavy objects. Following a week of rest, your doctor will most likely let you return to work and normal activities.
The lap band operation is just the beginning. You have an exciting opportunity to change your behaviors around diet and exercise. Although strict, the dietary guidelines enable you to learn to eat again and lose weight. Under your doctor’s guidance, you will progress through four dietary stages: clear liquids, additional liquids, pureed and soft foods and finally other cooked foods. It takes approximately six weeks to complete these phases.
Initially, be sure to only take in a few sips at a time to avoid nausea and vomiting, which can lead to other complications. As you add other food, avoid drinking liquids and eating at the same time to prevent the stomach from stretching and to prevent nausea and vomiting.
Exercise is a vital component of achieving your desired results. Your doctor will recommend the level of activity that is best for you. Luckily, Macon has a climate that allows you to walk most of the year.
Your dedication to losing weight coupled with your doctor’s support will help to provide you with an excellent start on your weight-loss journey.