Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take to recover after surgery?
Patients typically spend less than 24 hours in the hospital when the lap-band surgery is performed laparoscopically. Most people return to work in one week and to regular routine and exercise in about four weeks.
How much weight will I lose?
Weight loss varies between patients and depends on several things. The LAP-BAND System needs to be in the correct position and the patient needs to be committed to a new lifestyle and eating habits. Some patients experience a two to three pound a week weight loss in the first year after the procedure, but one pound a week is a more realistic expectation. Gradual, steady weight loss with the LAP-BAND can be healthy and loosing weight too quickly can create health risks and lead to problems.
Does the LAP-BAND System require frequent visits to the doctor after surgery?
Check-ups after lap-band surgery are an important part of the follow-up. Many physicians see their patients weekly or biweekly during the first month and every four to 12 weeks for the first year. Adjustments may be made during some of the visits. It is normal for follow-up visits to be scheduled every three to six months during the second and third year following surgery.
Does the LAP-BAND System limit any physical activity?
The LAP-BAND should not affect physical activity, including aerobics, stretching, and strenuous exercise.
How is the LAP-BAND System adjusted?
Adjustments to the LAP-BAND are often made using imaging equipment so that the access port can be clearly seen. Sometimes adjustment can be made in an outpatient office. A fine needle is passed through the skin into the access port to add or subtract saline.
Do I have to be careful with the access port?
The access port is positioned under the skin in the abdominal wall. After the incision has healed, there should not be any discomfort. If discomfort is persistent or continuous, you should see your physician.
Is the port visible?
The port is generally not noticeable even when your abdomen is exposed.
Can the LAP-BAND System be removed?
In some cases, the LAP-BAND System can be removed laparoscopically, although it is not meant to be removed. Weight gain is likely if the LAP-BAND is removed.
What about becoming pregnant?
Sometimes, becoming pregnant can be easier after a woman loses weight. Once a woman is pregnant, the LAP-BAND can be loosened to accommodate increased nutritional needs. After pregnancy, the system may be tightened to resume losing weight.