Post LAP-BAND® Recovery

One of most significant advantages LAP-BAND surgery has over most other types of bariatric surgery is that it is minimally invasive; the benefit to you is that recovery from the surgery is minimal. Keep in mind you will have many other challenges ahead as you begin your weight loss journey. Your recovery will include both physical and emotional changes as you progress to a healthy new you. Along with the support of his staff, Dr. John Orris will be there to guide and support you every step of the way at his weight loss practice in the Phoenix area after your LAP-BAND surgery.

To learn more about weight loss surgery, including the LAP-BAND, near Phoenix, Arizona, request a consultation with Dr. Michael Orris or call (480) 829-6100.

Recovery from Surgery

When you are discharged, we will give you written instructions for your recovery at home. It’s important to your health and the success of your procedure that you follow these directions carefully.

While you will likely be sore and tired, your recovery will progress more rapidly if you stand and walk around within the first day or two. Overall, you can expect to take about a week off from work, and wait about a month before you begin light cardiovascular exercise.

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Recovery Diet Progression

As your body recovers from LAP-BAND surgery, you will gradually resume eating under the careful direction of Dr. Orris by progressing through the following diet stages:

Stage 1: Clear liquids like water, tea, and broth. You may drink proteins shakes when approved by Dr. Orris or your dietician.
Stage 2: Blended foods like oatmeal, applesauce, and yogurt, preferably ones that are high in protein.
Stage 3: Soft foods like ground meat, cottage cheese, eggs, and potatoes.
Stage 4: Regular solids foods, following the diet recommended by your dietician.

During your consultation, Dr. Orris will review your medical history and assess your current overall health. He will determine if the LAP-BAND is an option for you. You can also attend a seminar to learn about weight loss surgery options.

After your weight loss surgery, you will need to focus on nutrition when making food choices. Some general helpful diet suggestions include:

  • Eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly
  • Try not to drink liquids when you eat
  • Cut out snacking and limit yourself to just 3 sensible meals a day

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Improving Your Lifestyle

Your weight loss surgery is just your first step towards a healthy life. The LAP-BAND is not a quick fix; you must do the work to lose weight. For all of us, being healthy depends on diet, exercise, and a positive mental state. With our team of specialists on your side, your future looks bright.

Our support groups can help you adjust to the emotional aspects of your transition to your new way of life. Many people join Internet support groups as well.

Exercise is an essential part of a healthy life. After you have fully recovered, your activities will not be limited. You will be able to do things like running, jumping, and stretching, without concerns about your LAP-BAND. The more you move, the more weight you’ll lose; the more weight you lose, the more you’ll enjoy moving.

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Adjusting the LAP-BAND

While weight loss with the LAP-BAND is more gradual than other types of weight loss surgery, Dr. Orris can help you continue to lose by adjusting your Band. He usually makes the first adjustment around 6 weeks after surgery. Over the first year, most people have from 5 to 8 adjustments, which consist of filling or draining the LAP-BAND device. It’s likely you need an adjustment when you experience any of the following:

  • You haven’t overeaten but you feel uncomfortable and/or have acid reflux (Band is too tight)
  • You can eat a lot without discomfort (Band is too loose)
  • You have stopped losing weight (Band is either too tight or too loose)

It’s important to return to your original diet progression, liquid to soft food to normal food, for a few days after each adjustment, as directed by Dr. Orris.

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