Laparoscopic Gastric Band Surgery

ExitCare ImageThis surgery is done to help you lose weight.

BEFORE THE SURGERY

  • Do not gain any more weight once you know you will be having this surgery.

  • Arrange for someone to take you home from the hospital.

  • The day before the surgery:

  • Eat small liquid meals such as broth.

  • Use half of the surgical scrub, if given, to shower or bathe with. Do not use the surgical scrub to wash your hair. Use regular shampoo.

  • The day of the surgery:

  • Shower or bathe using the second half of the surgical scrub.

  • Arrive at your appointment time.

  • You will change into a hospital gown.

  • A tube (IV) will be put in your vein.

SURGERY

A band is put around the upper part of your stomach. This makes a small pouch which can hold only a small amount of food. The lower, bigger part of your stomach is below the band. The 2 parts stay connected by a small opening between the upper and the lower parts. Food goes through the opening to the lower part of your stomach more slowly than before the surgery. You will feel more full with smaller amounts of food.

On the inner lining of the band around your stomach is a balloon. The balloon is empty during the surgery. Later, at an office visit, it is filled with fluid. Your doctor puts the fluid in through a tube (port) that is right under the skin of your belly.

AFTER THE SURGERY

  • You will go to the recovery room.

  • You may be given pain medicine.

  • You may be asked to walk once you are stable.

  • You may have shoulder pain caused by the gas.

  • By the time you go home, try to walk for 35 minutes every day.

  • You will be shown how to use a small breathing machine (incentive spirometer). This will help you take deep breaths. You need to use this machine several times a day while you are in the hospital and after you go home.

  • You will need to take another test. For this test, you will swallow a liquid that will show up on X-ray. You will have X-rays taken while you are in different positions. These X-rays will show:

  • If your new stomach has any leaks.

  • How well your new stomach holds liquids.

  • How the liquid moves down to your gut.

  • Try to not throw up (vomit). Tell your doctor if you feel sick to your stomach (nauseous). There is medicine to help keep you from throwing up.

  • Your diet will begin with drinking liquids (jello, tea, juice and broth) in small amounts.

  • Your doctor will decide when you are ready to drink or eat more.