Laparoscopic Gastric Band Surgery

Care After

ExitCare ImageThese instructions give you information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your doctor may also give you more specific instructions. Call your doctor if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

HOME CARE

  • Take walks throughout the day. Do not sit for longer than 1 hour while awake for 4 to 6 weeks.

  • You may shower 2 days after surgery. Pat the surgery cuts (incisions) dry. Do not rub the surgery cuts.

  • Do your coughing and deep breathing exercises.

  • Do not lift, push, or pull anything heavy until your doctor says it is okay.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor. Do not drive while taking pain medicine.

  • Drink plenty of fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.

  • Stay on a liquid diet as long as your doctor tells you to.

  • Do not drink caffeine for 1 month.

  • Change bandages (dressings) as told by your doctor.

  • Check your surgery cuts for redness, pufffiness (swelling), abnormal coloring, fluid, or bleeding.

  • Follow your doctor's advice about vitamin and protein needs after surgery.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous) and throw up (vomit).

  • You have pain and discomfort with swallowing.

  • You develop shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

  • You have pain, puffiness, or feel warmth on your lower body.

  • You have very bad calf pain or pain not relieved by medicine.

  • You have a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C).

  • Your surgery cuts look red, puffy, or they leak fluid.

  • Your poop (stool) is black, tarry, or dark red.

  • You have chills.

  • You have chest pain.

  • You feel confused.

  • You have slurred speech.

  • You feel lightheaded when standing.

  • You suddenly feel weak.

  • You have any questions or concerns.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.