Does the LAP-BAND® System require frequent visits to my doctor after the procedure?

Check-ups are a normal and very important part of the LAP-BAND® System follow-up.

What about alcohol?

Alcohol has a high number of calories and breaks down vitamins so it is not recommended as a healthy food choice. However, an occasional glass of wine or other alcoholic beverage is not necessarily considered harmful to weight loss.

What about taking medication?

You should be able to take prescribed medication, though you may need to (1) use capsules or (2) break big tablets in half or dissolve them in water so they do not get stuck in the stoma and make you … Continue reading

Will I need to take vitamin supplements?

You may. It’s possible to not get enough vitamins from three small meals a day. At your regular check-ups, your physician will evaluate whether you are getting enough vitamin B12, folic acid, and iron.

Can I eat anything in moderation?

You may eat most foods that don’t cause you discomfort. However, because you can only eat a little at any given time, it is important to include foods rich in important vitamins and nutrients—foods such as those recommended by your … Continue reading

What about pregnancy?

Becoming pregnant can be easier as you lose weight. Your menstrual cycle may become more regular. If you need to eat more while you are pregnant, the band can be loosened. After pregnancy, the band may be made tighter again … Continue reading

What will happen if I become ill?

One of the major advantages of the LAP-BAND® System is that it can be adjusted. If your illness requires you to eat more, the band can be loosened by removing saline from it. When you have recovered from your illness … Continue reading

Is it true that the LAP-BAND® System seems tighter in the morning?

This is a fairly common feeling, especially for patients with bands that are tight to begin with to facilitate maximum weight loss, or for patients who have just had an adjustment. During the day the water content in the body … Continue reading

Do I have to be careful with the access port underneath my skin?

After a successful procedure, you will not have any activity restrictions based on the access port. It is placed under the skin in the abdominal wall, and once the incisions have healed the access port should not cause discomfort or … Continue reading

How is the band adjusted?

Adjustments are performed without surgery, using a thin needle to inject or withdraw saline from the band via the access port. They can be done in an office setting or can be carried out in the X-ray department under flouroscopy. … Continue reading

Does the LAP-BAND® System limit any physical activity?

The LAP-BAND® System does not hamper physical activity including aerobics, stretching and strenuous exercise.

Will I feel hungry or deprived with the LAP-BAND® System?

The LAP-BAND® System makes you eat less and feel full in two ways – first by reducing the capacity of your stomach and second by increasing the time it takes food to get through the digestive system. After a small … Continue reading

Can the band be removed?

Although the LAP-BAND® System is not meant to be removed, it can be. Physicians report that the stomach generally returns to its original shape once the band is removed. After the removal, though, you may soon go back up to … Continue reading

How much weight will I lose?

Weight-loss results vary from patient to patient, and the amount of weight you lose depends on several things. The LAP-BAND® System needs to be in the right position, and you need to be committed to your new lifestyle and healthy … Continue reading

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