Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate for LAP-BAND® System Procedure?

The LAP-BAND® System is designed for people who are seriously overweight and have tried many times to lose weight without long-term success. It is not for someone looking to lose 20 or 30 pounds. Only people with a BMI of 35 or more should consider weight-loss surgery as a viable option.

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You may be eligible for the LAP-BAND® System procedure if:

  • You are between the ages of 19 and 65.
  • Your BMI is 35 to 50 or you are at least 100 pounds overweight (maximum weight of 400 lb/181.8 kg).
  • You have weight-related health problems (co-morbidities).
  • You have been overweight for over five years.
  • You have seriously attempted weight loss, but it has resulted only in short-term success.
  • You are not suffering from a disease that has caused you to be seriously overweight.
  • You are prepared to make significant changes to your eating habits and lifestyle.
  • You are willing to be monitored by us on a long-term basis.
  • You do not drink alcohol in excess.
  • You do not need a walker or wheelchair to get around.

The LAP-BAND® System procedure is not right for you if:

  • You are under 19 or over 65.
  • You have an inflammatory disease or condition of the gastrointestinal tract (ulcers, Crohn’s disease or severe esophagitis).
  • You have severe heart or lung disease (or some other condition) that makes you a poor candidate for surgery.
  • You have a problem that could cause bleeding in the stomach.
  • You have portal hypertension, cirrhosis or chronic pancreatitis.
  • Your esophagus, stomach or intestine is not considered normal (this can be congenital or acquired).
  • You have ever had an intra-operative gastric injury, such as a gastric perforation at or near the location of the band placement.
  • You are pregnant. (If you become pregnant after surgery, the band may need to be deflated. The same is true if you need more nutrition for any other reason, such as serious illness.)
  • You are addicted to alcohol or drugs.
  • You have an infection anywhere on your body.
  • You are on chronic, long-term steroid treatment.
  • You can’t or won’t follow the dietary rules that are a key part of the procedure.
  • You might be allergic to the materials in the device.
  • You are unable to tolerate pain from an implanted device.
  • You or someone in your family has an autoimmune connective tissue disease.

How long does it take to recover from surgery?

The Lap-Band procedure is day surgery. You may go home the same day, however you will need to have someone pick you up as you will not be able to drive until the anaesthesia wears off. The anaesthesia typically wears off by the next day. In rare cases you will be required to stay overnight, if you have problems with sleep apnea, or if there were complications during surgery.

What can you eat in the weeks after surgery?

Weeks 1-2

Clear fluids, high protein liquids, pureed fruit, pudding, pudding, yogurt, low fat milk

Weeks 2-4

Soups with noodles, cottage cheese, soft cooked vegetables

Weeks 4-6

Soft moist meats, cheese, salads, fruit and vegetables

After 4-6 Weeks

Eat normal food, chew extremely well, avoid sticky or stringy foods

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Frequently Asked Questions last modified: February 16th, 2016 by Centric Health

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