Our patients have had wonderful success with the Adjustable Gastric Banding procedure. We would love to share their stories with you using our Media Center, as well as show you what a real LAP-BAND and REALIZE Band procedure looks like! We also feel it is equally important for patients to understand how simple a band fill is. Please click here to watch Dr. Duperier perform a laparoscopic adjustable banding fill.
What to expect with the Band after laparoscopic band surgery
Almost all patients who have lap band surgery are able to go home the same day. In other words, this is considered outpatient, or “same-day” or “in and out” surgery. After the band, we ask you to stay on a liquid diet for 2-3 weeks after surgery. This allows the band to set into place. Remember, we will plan on starting your adjustments around 3 weeks after surgery.
Adjustments: Adjustments or “fills” are done every 3-4 weeks after your operation until you achieve the “right fit”. Remember that the “right fit” may be a moving target because your stomach may shrink as you do. The stomach can also get used to a certain level of tightness, so what seems tight at 2 months may feel loose at 6 months. It is critically important that you honor your commitment to yourself and the band and keep those monthly appointments. After the first year, we are usually able to space these out after you have developed a relationship with your band. Using the website Realizemysuccess.com will greatly help you in this process. We are finding that our patients who use the site regularly are losing more weight than those patients who do not.
If you would like to learn more about the top lap band surgery San Antonio offers with renowned bariatric surgeons at BMI of Texas, please call us to learn about your options.
All weight loss surgeries have risks. The LAP-BAND surgery has a risk of re-operation due to erosion, pouch enlargement, esophageal dismotility, band slippage, obstruction, band leak, infection and port problems. Other risks are similar to undergoing any type of surgery.