Post-Op

After Lap-Band,® Gastric Bypass Surgery and Sleeve Gastrectomy

Lap-Band® Postoperative Instructions and Follow-Up

The details are provided in a separate guide. In general, you will be on a liquid only diet for two weeks. After two weeks, you can start some soft foods. Once you are tolerating liquids and soft foods, you will gradually advance to more types of normal foods.

In addition to dietary guidelines, there are guidelines for band adjustment. The band is usually deflated completely (empty) at the time of surgery. The first tightening, or "fill" is usually done at four weeks after surgery. Then band is then tightened or loosened as needed. It usually takes about 5 or 6 adjustments in the first year. Adjustment can then be done less frequently.

Gastric Bypass Postoperative Instructions and Follow-Up

The details are provided in a separate guide. For the first five days, your are on a clear liquid diet (water, broth, Jell-O, popsicles, etc.). Then, you advance into full liquids. Over about 6 weeks, you gradually introduce certain soft solids. After 6 weeks, you start eating "normal" foods that are low in fat and sugar. Every person reacts a little differently to the surgery and has to learn by trial and error sometimes, just how much food, and which types of food they can tolerate.