A Lap-Band is a silicone belt that goes around the top of the stomach. This results in the ability to control your hunger and ultimately you eat much less and should feel full sooner.
A key component of the Lap-Band System is its adjustability. The band is connected to a port, which enables the device to be inflated over time to expedite the weight loss.
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RecoveryFollowing surgery, you should be able to return to work within a week, with minimal discomfort. You will need to follow a post-weight loss surgery nutrition plan (which may include vitamin supplements) prescribed by your surgeon and/or nutritionist. The nutrition plan will likely include a liquid diet for a few weeks, until you can tolerate soft foods, and later solid foods. A specific exercise program, as well as behavioral-modification therapy, may also be recommended.
Frequent office visits are mandatory to adjust the band. Your surgeon or his assistant will be able to inject the port in the office. On average, patients require six to eight adjustments of the band during the first 18 months following Lap-Band surgery.