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Laparoscopic Gastric Band - Lap Band FAQs | Adelaide Bariatric Centre

  • How much weight am I going to lose?

    The weight will be lost gradually and should commence immediately after surgery. The amount of weight loss will depend partly on the amount of fluid injected into the balloon to provide a feeling of satiety. More importantly, the amount of weight loss in the long term will depend on the patient, i.e. on how carefully the patient follows the recommendations regarding eating habits, diet and exercise. The recommended rate of weight loss we would like to see is 0.5 - 1.0 kg per week. On average it is expected that 50-60% excess weight will be lost long term

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  • Will it be a problem if I get pregnant?

    With weight reduction we find that fertility will increase and many of our patients are able to fall pregnant.  It is generally safest not to plan a pregnancy during the first 1 - 2 years are surgery during the time of rapid weight loss.  The clinic staff will be very keen to see you regularly through the pregnancy to ensure that your metabolic needs are being met. We recommend that fluid be removed from the gastric band during pregnancy due to the risk of vomiting with morning sickness.

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  • Is there much pain after the surgery?

    There is very little pain after laparoscopic gastric band surgery and every effort is made to control it to ensure early mobility. This avoids other potential complications and assist in a speedy recovery. There are a variety of medications used to control any pain you may experience.

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  • Is fluid inserted at the time of the surgery?

    We prefer not to put any fluid into the band at the time of surgery. There is swelling and spasm after the surgery, which can make it difficult to judge how much fluid is safe. We prefer to wait until all the swelling has subsided before inserting any fluid. This will usually be at your 4 to 6 week postoperative visit.

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  • Will I need to take multivitamins?

    Yes, during the first 2 to 3 years after weight control surgery weight loss is quite rapid and vitamin supplementation will be recommended by the clinic. The dietitian will provide advice on this and annual blood tests will be advised.

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  • Will nausea and vomiting be a problem?

    Vomiting occasionally occurs in patients after gastric band surgery. The commonest reason is eating too quickly or perhaps overeating. By eating slowly and calmly you will learn to listen to the signals from your stomach. However uncontrolled vomiting is a dangerous situation and our team needs to be consulted urgently. It may be that your gastric band is too tightly adjusted and the removal of a small amount of fluid will usually quickly correct the problem.

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  • Will I need to have plastic surgery to remove excess skin?

    This is not always necessary. Often the skin “bounces back” and it doesn’t appear loose at all. We are aware of how loose skin can affect one’s appearance so this is something we pay close attention to. 20% of patients end up having surgery for this condition. Plastic surgery is generally not recommended until a stable weight loss has been achieved, and this will often be 2 to 3 years after surgery.

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