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Lap-Band Guide To Help You Achieve Weight Loss


You have taken a great step forward towards achieving your weight loss goals, and are well on your way to a happier and healthier life. In the weeks to come, you will be playing an active role in fitting your new Lap-Band System to all aspects of your life.

This guide is designed to help you hit the ground running, and to help you keep making the right decisions on your weight loss journey. In here you’ll find guidelines for the right types of food to eat with your Lap-Band, as well as details about aftercare or follow-up visits. You may be eager to see results right away, but keep in mind that in these first few weeks, healing is more important than losing weight.

To make sure the Lap-Band works for you as well as possible, be sure to keep in close contact with your bariatric surgeon, and to carefully follow his advice. Call your Lap-Band surgeon promptly if you notice any symptoms that could indicate a complication.

This is the start of a new chapter in your life. And with the right health care support and lifestyle changes, it’s the start of a healthier and happier life. As you progress, remember that success comes when you, your health care team, and your Lap-Band System all work together. Your surgeon and clinicians are your teammates, and the partnerships you develop with them will be the keys to success with the Lap-Band. They can even recommend postsurgery support groups that may be available in your area.

Be sure to contact your weight loss surgeon immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • A fever of 101 degrees or higher
  • Sudden shortness of breath or chest pain
  • Pain, redness, or swelling in one or both of your legs
  • Nausea or vomiting, vomiting “coffee grounds” or blood
  • Severe pain in your belly
  • Pain, swelling, or fluid leaking from your incisions