After Lap Band Surgery

Although most patients can return to work within a week after Lap-Band surgery, it’s important for you to take it easy and let your body heal. This includes lots of rest, and walking to lessen your risk of getting a blood clot and kick-start your metabolism. You should avoid more strenuous exercise or other strenuous activities for at least four weeks.

When you first arrive home after Lap Band surgery, you’ll be on a liquid diet for two weeks as the swelling in your stomach subsides and the healing process runs its course. From there, you can progress to semi-solid foods and purees for the next few weeks. Six weeks after surgery you can begin to eat solid foods, and will likely be able to eat much like you did before surgery until your band is filled. During the entire recovery process, it’s important to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated, but as a Lap Band patient you will not be able to take liquids with your meals.

After your Lap Band surgery, you will start experiencing weight loss at the rate of anywhere from 1 to 3 pounds per week for the next 12 to 18 months. During this time, you will need to come in for routine “fills” to tighten the band as you lose weight and help you overcome weight-loss plateaus. You will also be required to attend periodic follow-up visits to ensure the success of your procedure.

If you are considering Lap-Band surgery in DFW, North Texas, Oklahoma, Abilene, Waco, Wichita falls as well as outside of Texas with Dr. Scott Stowers and your team at My Bariatric Solutions, call us toll-free at 866.926.8205 or 940.539.9105 or email us at One of our patient coordinators will be happy to explain the different treatment options, answer any questions you have, and schedule a consultation with Dr. Stowers.