Post LAP-BAND® Recovery
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
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.
Recovery Diet Progression
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
Improving Your Lifestyle
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.
Adjusting the LAP-BAND
- 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.