Gastric Banding (Lap-Band) works by limiting how much food you can hold in your stomach. Unlike gastric bypass and duodenal switch surgery, the digestive system is not re-routed, and the stomach size is not reduced. Instead, a silicone band is placed around a portion of the stomach, creating a small pouch in the stomach without permanently altering it.
The banding procedure is minimally invasive since it is performed laparoscopically, however, there is still a healing process and recovery time involved. You should know what to expect regarding lap band recovery as an important part of your weight loss journey. Recovery time is different for everyone, although, on average takes 4 to 6 weeks following the installment of the lap band. Make sure that you follow all of the instructions that your physician and surgeon set for you both before and after the procedure.
Simple mistakes can cause unwanted consequences or slow your recovery time significantly. Mexico Bariatric Center®’s all-inclusive packages include pre-op and post-op support with our surgeon liaison and nutritionist.