What’s After a Lap and Band Surgery – A Tummy Tuck?

Jun 30, 2022

Whenever you see that plate full of deliciousness, you can’t help but munch on it immediately. If only there were a way to tuck your tummy in with a band and not eat much; wait, there is! If your obesity is getting out of control, you can get a lap and band surgery and see the difference in you before and after it!

Let’s delve deeper to see what it is, how this surgery helps lose weight, and what to expect from it.

What is a Lap and Band Surgery?

Lap and band surgery is also known as adjustable gastric band surgery, or AGB, that wraps an adjustable band throughout the upper portion of your stomach. This leads to forming a small stomach pouch over, which fills up quickly while you eat.

How a Lap and Band Surgery Helps in Losing Weight?

After a lap and band surgery, you will start feeling “full” sooner when you start eating; therefore, you eat less than the amount you are habitual.

This, in turn, will lead to your body using extra fat stored between the percentage 25 to 75%. Ultimately, this means that your body will start losing weight. As you start shedding extra pounds, issues related to your obesity will also lessen.

Before Lap and Band Surgery

It is best to start changing your lifestyle before the surgery. Research has provided enough evidence reflecting the advantages of losing some body weight before the procedure and lessening the risk of surgical complications.

Here are some of the practices that might help you kick-start this journey.

  • Start by cutting off carbohydrate-rich foods. Some items include bread, rice, potato, pasta, cakes, fizzy drinks, etc.
  • Start eating small portions of lean protein, vegetables, and fruits.
  • You can also add protein shakes to your diet for a boost.
  • Steer clear from processed foods and fast food, which includes fried items and foods with sauces.
  • Switch to low-fat or fat-free dairy products.
  • Keep up with your hydration. Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day which approximates 8 glasses.
  • Try eating slowly and notice signs of fullness.
  • No alcohol.
  • Smoking cessation.
  • Taking a vitamin and mineral supplement daily.
  • Adding activity on a daily basis of at least 10 minutes.

What to Expect After Lap Band Surgery?

You will have fewer small incisions (less than an inch long) in your abdomen when you wake up since your surgeon will have laparoscopically secured the lap band around the top portion of your stomach. In fact, a tiny channel is put in your abdominal wall for the doctor to modify your gastric band later.

You will remain at the hospital for 1 to 2 days and may receive pain relievers when uncomfortable. Following weight loss surgery, your diet will be limited to small amounts of liquid before gradually transitioning to soft meals and, much later, tiny portions of lean protein.

You may experience nausea, indigestion, vomiting, dehydration, and/or constipation. All are normal side effects and should go away as your body recovers.
Returning to work a week after surgery is typical; however, it may take up to six weeks to resume all your normal activities.

Final Note

Want to learn more about this form of weight loss? You can get in touch with professionals from Nova Bariatrics and General Surgery for more information on this. Dial (469) 639-0953 to connect with us or drop by our clinic(s) at 1800 FM195, Paris, TX 75460, USA, 3150 Matlock Rd # 401, Arlington, TX 76015, USA, or 1081 Kinwest Pkwy STE 110, Irving, TX 75063, USA whichever is feasible for you.

Dr. Mustafa H. Alibhai

Dr. Alibhai, a board-certified general surgeon, passionately leads Nova Bariatrics and General Surgery. Formerly an Assistant Professor at McGovern Medical School, he’s a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. His academic journey includes a Bachelor’s from Southern Methodist University, Medical School at UT Southwestern, and residencies at UT Southwestern. Specializing further, he completed Bariatric and Robotic Fellowships, advancing surgical techniques with a focus on patient well-being.

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