After the Operation

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By choosing Bariatric Surgery, you have agreed to the necessary follow-up. The first 4 to 6 weeks after the operation will help determine your overall success. Success is defined as: Improved Health, Improved Quality of Life and Increased Lifespan.

First Follow-up Visit

Someone from our office will contact you 1 week after your operation by phone. Please call the office if any unexpected situations arise. When you come to the office 4 to 6 weeks after the operation, we will first check your weight loss thus far. We expect everyone to loose about 10 pounds since you had the operation. Since the operation, you will be on the following diet regimen:

Week 1 & 2:

  • liquid diet and very soft foods
  • Soup, yogurt, juices, jello, skim milk etc.

Week 3 & 4:

  • soft food
  • slightly thicker diet with gradual shift to solid foods

Week 5 & 6:

  • Solid food
  • Eat 3 small meals a day
  • Eat slowly and chew thoroughly
  • Stop eating when you feel full
  • Avoid fibrous food
  • Drink enough fluids during the day
  • Exercise 30 minutes a day

After a Lap Band Adjustment:

  • Day 1 – Liquids
  • Day 2 – Soft foods
  • After the 3-4 day period you can go back to your normal foods

 

Most people require 6 adjustments in the first year to get to the ” Green Zone”. This zone is when your band is adjusted perfectly so that you have early and prolonged satiety. You will also experience satisfaction from small meals and continued weight loss or weight maintenance. After the first year you may need to be seen about once every 6 months depending on your weight loss.

For more detailed post operative instructions, please see the Lap Band Post Operative Instructions.