Tips To Help Your Lap Band Recovery Process

Tips To Help Your Lap Band Recovery Process

When you make the decision to go for weight loss surgery, you’re usually interested in one thing — results. Dr. George Mutafyan wants you to get results, too. But he also wants you to stay healthy and happy during and after your lap band surgery.

To ensure you recover quickly from your surgery, and get the best results possible, it’s important to follow the recommendations given to all patients after bariatric surgery. Your results and health rest on your commitment to make significant lifestyle changes.

Dr. Mutafyan has put together a list of his top tips for ensuring a healthy recovery from your lap band surgery — and for optimizing your results.

Recovery starts before surgery

Dr. Mutafyan will need you to demonstrate your commitment to making lifestyle changes before surgery. You’ll be given a diet plan to follow for 6-8 weeks prior to surgery, and you'll be encouraged to wean yourself of high calorie liquids in your diet like ice cream and milkshakes.

This is to ensure that you're prepared for the changes that will happen after surgery. Also, a weight loss of 5-10% before surgery helps with surgical management and post-operative outcomes.

Manage your pain

After your surgery, there will be pain and discomfort. This is a normal part of any surgical recovery period, and it should be managed with pain relieving medications. Dr. Mutafyan will want you to rest, but remain lightly active during your surgical recovery period.

Getting up to fix yourself drinks, visit the bathroom, and do light activities around the house will help your recovery. Total bed rest is not recommended. To ensure you can perform these light activities, take your pain meds at regular intervals to keep pain from getting out of control.

Eat mindfully, and chew thoroughly

After your laparoscopic band has been fitted, you'll be given a meal plan that starts with liquids, moves on to pureed foods, then introduces solids. Only small pieces of food will fit through the opening in the band into the lower section of your stomach.

It's important that you take small mouthfuls, chew them thoroughly, and eat slowly — otherwise your stomach will be uncomfortably full. It will take time to adjust to your new stomach capacity, and Dr. Mutafyan is available to offer advice and make adjustments where needed.

Remind yourself to eat

It's totally normal to lose your appetite almost completely after lap band surgery, but don’t stop eating. Your stomach needs to adjust to its new normal, and it cannot do that if it isn’t being used.

It's also important that you get adequate nutrition to help your body heal. Set reminders to eat according to your assigned post-operative meal plan.

Avoid drinking during and straight after meals

Your lap band is designed to restrict the flow of food through your stomach, but it isn’t designed to restrict liquids. If you drink during and right after a meal, you can flush the food through your stomach, reducing the effects of the band. Avoid drinking around meal times to ensure you're feeling full and aren’t overeating.

Make the food you eat worthwhile

The aim of lap band surgery is to reduce the amount you can eat, but your body still needs to be nourished. To make sure you get the right amount of nutrition, you must limit your amount of empty calories. If you're eating, make sure the food you're putting in your stomach is nutritious and healthy, otherwise you may feel full, but your body may not get what it needs.

Drink only low calorie liquids

Your lap band won’t restrict the flow of liquids through your stomach, so if you're consuming high-calorie liquids like sugary sodas, milkshakes, or alcoholic beverages, then you'll still be taking in excess calories. Stick to water or low calorie soft drinks.

At least 150 minutes of moderate exercise recommended every week

After a 6-8 week recovery period, you should be able to lift any restrictions on your physical activity, and regular exercise will help you capitalize on the weight-loss effects of the lap band.

Not only will exercise help your weight loss, it will also improve your general health, including other medical conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even depression and anxiety.

Make your appointment with Dr. Mutafyan for your weight loss surgery consultation

If you're ready to get help to achieve your weight loss goals, Dr. Mutafyan is an expert in bariatric surgery who wants to help you reach them. Surgery isn’t always the answer, but if it's right for you he provides an individual treatment plan to ensure you're on the road to better health as soon as possible.

To find out more about how he can help, call or complete the message form, or schedule your appointment online today.

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