The LAP-BAND® System Operation

The more you know about the LAP-BAND® System procedure, the easier the process should be for you.

Getting ready for surgery

Before your surgery, Dr. Fore will talk about the procedure in detail with you. He may also want you to meet with other experts. They can help you understand what will happen during and after the operation. These experts might include:

  • A dietitian
  • A physiotherapist
  • A psychologist
  • Other specialists

You will also need to have a number of tests before your surgery. These are to evaluate your health. When it is time for the surgery, you will be admitted to the hospital either the day before or on the morning of your surgery.

The surgery

When it is time for the operation, you will receive general anesthesia. If your case is typical, the operation will be done laparoscopically. During the operation, the band part of the LAP-BAND® System will be fastened around the upper part of your stomach. This will create a small stomach pouch. Part of the lower stomach will then be sutured over the band. The rest of the lower stomach will stay in its normal position. The access port for adjusting the band will be placed under your skin. To do this, Dr. Fore will slightly enlarge one of the incisions that he made for the laparoscopic tubes.

After LAP-BAND® System Surgery

Once the anesthesia has worn off, you may feel some pain which can usually be relieved with ordinary painkillers. The hospital staff will help you get out of bed and start moving as soon as possible. This will help prevent blood clots, respiratory problems, and bedsores.

On the day after the surgery, you will likely be given an X-ray to ensure that the LAP-BAND® System is in the right place and that the new stomach outlet is open. You may also be asked to swallow a liquid that can be seen on X-ray.

After a laparoscopic surgery, you will normally stay in the hospital for 1 to 3 days. The hospital stay may be longer after an open procedure or if there are complications. If there are no complications, you should be able to resume normal activities within a week or two after the surgery.

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