How Many Follow-up Visits Will I Need after Lap-Band Surgery?

July 15th, 2011 - Posted to Weight Loss

It is essential that the band be properly adjusted and that you work with the clinic's team to make sure your diet and exercise routine are right for you to ensure that your post-surgery outcome is as effective as possible. The follow-up is one of the most important aspects of the adjustable laparoscopic gastric band (lap-band) surgery weight loss process.

After lap-band surgery, you will probably go home from the hospital the next day. Within one week, you will have an initial follow-up visit, where the doctor and staff will examine you and make any needed adjustments. In the year following surgery, you will visit your bariatric program every four to six weeks to get the lap-band filled or emptied with saline, which tightens or loosens the band; to verify your progress; and to assess any health concerns.

To tighten the band, the practitioner will either feel for the small port that will have been inserted beneath your skin, then will inject or withdraw saline through that port. This "inflates" or "deflates" the band around the stomach, restricting or relaxing the stomach's ability to accommodate food.

What Next?

Your lap-band is for life. Therefore, you'll need to go back every once in a while for follow-ups, to monitor your progress in losing weight and then your sustained weight loss.

After the first year, you should plan to return to your bariatric program to check on the band every three to six months. However, you should not delay making an appointment if you have any special concerns, such as pregnancy, illness, weight regain or anything else that might affect or be affected by the lap-band.

Find Out More

If you have questions about follow-up visits after having the lap-band implanted, or about any other issues related to obesity or weight loss surgery, please contact Marina Weight Loss at Marina Del Rey Hospital.  We're here to help, and we would love the chance to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have as you seek answers to the problem of obesity. You can schedule a one-on-one appointment online.