Before your surgery, talk about the procedure in detail with
your surgeon. Your doctor may also want you to meet with other
experts who 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 have a number of tests before your surgery
to evaluate your health. When it is time for surgery, you
will be admitted to the hospital either the day before or
on the morning of your surgery.
At the start of the
operation, you will be given general anesthesia. If your case
is typical, the operation will be performed laparoscopically.
During the operation, the band part of the LAP-BAND® System
will be fastened around the upper part of your stomach to
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, the surgeon
will slightly enlarge one of the operative incisions.
Click on the image to the right to see an
animation of the installation process>>
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 to help prevent blood clots, respiratory
problems, and bedsores.
On the day after the surgery you will likely have an X-ray.
This allows your health team to see that the LAP-BAND® System
is in the right place and that the new stomach outlet is open.
You may be asked to swallow a liquid that can be seen on X-ray.
System Surgery , hospitalization is usually less than
24 hours. The hospital stay may be longer if there are complications
or if the surgeon has to convert to an "open" surgical
procedure. If there are no complications, you should be able
to resume normal activities within a week or two after surgery.