You had laparoscopic gastric banding surgery to help with weight loss. Your surgeon placed a band around the upper part of your stomach to separate it from the lower part. The upper part of your stomach is now a small pouch with a narrow opening that goes into the larger, lower part of your stomach. The surgery was done using a camera placed in your belly. The camera is called a laparoscope. This type of surgery is called laparoscopy.
You will lose weight quickly over the first 3 to 6 months. During this time, you may have body aches, feel tired and cold, have dry skin, mood changes, and hair loss or hair thinning. These problems should go away as your body gets used to your weight loss and your weight becomes stable. Weight loss slows down after 12 to 18 months.
You will remain on liquid or purÃ©ed food for 2 or 3 weeks after surgery. You will slowly add soft foods and then regular food to your diet. By 6 weeks you will probably be eating regular foods.
Once you are eating solid food, remember to eat slowly and chew each bite very slowly and completely. The opening for your new stomach pouch is very small. If you cannot chew something until it is smooth or purÃ©ed, do not swallow it.
Your doctor, nurse, or dietitian will teach you about foods you should eat and foods you should avoid. It is very important to follow your diet. After surgery when you are losing weight quickly, your doctor or dietitian will make sure you are eating enough protein and fluids. You will need to take several vitamins and minerals.
See also: Your diet after gastric bypass
Aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and some other drugs may harm the lining of your stomach or even cause ulcers. Ask your doctor if you should avoid these drugs.
Avoid foods that are high in calories.
Eat mostly protein, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Change the dressings (bandages) every day until your doctor says you do not need to use them anymore. Change them more often if they get dirty or wet. Gently wash the wound areas with mild soap and water. Pat them dry with a clean towel. Do not rub them dry.
You may remove the wound dressings and take a shower if sutures (stitches), staples, or glue were used to close your skin.
Do not soak in a bathtub, swimming pool, or hot tub until your doctor tells you it is okay.
You will have several visits with your doctor, nurse, and dietitian in the first year after surgery.
The band around your stomach is filled with saline (saltwater). It is connected to a container that is placed under your skin in your upper belly. Your surgeon can make the band tighter or looser by increasing or decreasing the amount of saline in the band. To do this, your surgeon will insert a needle through your skin into an â€œaccess portâ€ in the container.
Your surgeon can make the band tighter or looser any time after you have this surgery. It may be tightened or loosened if you are:
Call your doctor or nurse if:
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