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Your Diet After LAP-BAND®

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After a gastric band procedure, you will need to eat liquid foods for about two weeks. At the end of the two weeks, you will be able to begin eating pureed foods for 2-4 more weeks; then you should be ready to begin gently reintroducing solid foods.

What can I expect after LAP-BAND Surgery?

Adjustable gastric band surgery reduces the size of the opening to your stomach, which lowers the amount of food you can eat.

Once you have received this procedure, you will likely lose a lot of weight, provided you follow the instructions.

After getting a LAP-BAND, you will need to follow an entirely new way of eating than you did before the procedure. Your new diet will require you to eat smaller meals more often. It will be about four weeks after the surgery before you can eat solid foods.

What foods can you eat with a LAP-BAND?

After the weeks of eating liquid and then pureed foods, you should be able to begin phasing in solid foods. Here are some tips to help you as you begin to reintroduce solid foods back into your diet.

Eat Soft Fruits and Vegetables

At first, you’ll need to puree any soft fruits and vegetables. You could eat natural applesauce or make your own. You can also puree carrots and broccoli. You may use seasonings, herbs, and spices if you can tolerate them. Later on, you can bring whole fruits and vegetables back into your diet. Be careful to avoid fruit skins and stringy vegetables.

Avoid Eating and Drinking at the Same Time

This is one of the most important rules to follow after your procedure. You will need to stay hydrated but avoid drinking for 10 minutes before eating and 45 minutes afterward.

In the first few weeks after surgery, your stomach will be so small that eating liquid and solid simultaneously could lead to vomiting. Water could cause food to be forced out of the stomach, leading to a feeling of emptiness, which could lead to overeating as well.

Limit Pasta, Rice, and Bread

Each of these foods expands when it meets gastric fluids. This can lead to discomfort for some people. It can be helpful to avoid these foods or eat them only in very limited quantities.

Eat Small Portion Sizes

Because LAP-BAND surgery decreases the size of your stomach, it is important to eat small portion sizes to minimize potential discomfort.

Most people tend to eat a quarter to a half a cup of food at each sitting, for example.

Be Sure to Get Enough Protein

You will want to consume soft or pureed protein-rich foods and be careful to get enough of them in your diet. If necessary, you can add a protein supplement as well.

LAP-BAND is a tool which can help you lose weight, but not a solution in itself. The real weight loss results you will experience come from the changes to your diet after the procedure.

Are There Any Foods I Can’t Eat with the LAP-BAND?

After surgery, it is possible you will have difficulty with certain foods. This is known as food intolerance.

Experts recommend that people who have LAP-BAND surgery avoid foods that are very high in fiber, like celery, corn, oranges, asparagus, pineapples, and sweet potatoes. These foods may get caught above the band, leaving you with an unpleasant feeling that takes some time to subside.

Some foods that commonly trigger intolerance include:

  • Salad Greens – Healthy, but high in fiber and may have difficulty passing through the band.
  • Fresh Fruits & Vegetables – High in fiber, with thick skins which may cause difficulty in digestion.
  • Bread – Some types of bread can block the opening of the band, even after adequate chewing.
  • Meat & Dairy – These are a common food intolerance with LAP-BAND patients – If you have excessive difficulty digesting too many foods, you can have the band opening increased.

You will also want to avoid other foods known to cause issues among LAP-BAND patients, such as dried fruit, popcorn, fried foods, and pasta.

Food intolerance can make it difficult to consume enough nutrients with a LAP-BAND, making it very important to pay attention to the nutritional values of you eat.

Preventing Nutritional Problems with LAP-BAND

It is important to eat well to ensure you consume enough nutrients and have a balanced diet. It is also important to take daily nutritional supplements, as recommended by your healthcare provider. If you don’t take these supplements, you could be at risk of developing serious nutritional problems, even after only a few weeks. Missing some vitamins, like Thiamine, can lead to serious neurological issues if left untreated.

  • Eat slowly, reserving 20-30 minutes for each meal, and stopping as soon as you feel full.
  • If you eat any meat, ensure it is very tender, and cut it into tiny pieces before eating it. White meats tend to be better tolerated than red meats.
  • Consult with your dietitian regularly to discuss your health, eating habits, and issues.
  • Chew your food slowly, about 20 times per bite so that it is liquid before swallowing.

If you experience continued difficulty getting the nutrients you need, consult our team, and we can recommend certain supplements or dietary changes to help. They may also recommend changes to the way you prepare your food to aid in nutrient absorption and digestion. If necessary, we can adjust your band to have a larger opening to help with digestion. In extreme cases, we can remove the band or replaced it with a different bariatric procedure.

LAP-BAND surgery can mark the beginning of a successful journey to reaching your weight loss goals. If you eat a healthy and balanced diet rich in nutrients while avoiding potentially problematic foods, you could be well on your way to substantial weight loss and a healthier future.

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    LLevi I

  • If you're thinking about getting a Bariatric surgery done, I certainly recommend Dr. Williams and Dr. Curtis. They are very knowledgeable and will guide you through your journey.

    I opted to get the sleeve done. My insurance required that I have a 6 month diet plan prior so I went to see Dr. Williams and Dr. Curtis every month to complete this.

    The ladies in the office are also ALL fantastic. They answer any questions you have and make you feel comfortable. I loved getting to see them monthly. They got to know me and my baby (she had to tag along for a lot of the visits) and have made this process an easy one. Rose, who handles the insurance and scheduling of the surgery has also been absolutely wonderful. She helped me to make sure that I could have surgery when my family would be in town.

    Before going anywhere else, make a visit. You certainly will not regret it! It could be the best decision you've ever made. It was for me.

    AAshley N.

  • Dr. Michael Williams is here to help in every way.. He’s extremely confident in his skilled surgical procedure. He puts you at ease and completes his job with excellence...I love the staff and the results! Dr. Michael Williams is the best practice.

    GGeorge C.

  • My bariatric surgery was the best thing I ever did for myself. I went from 252 lbs. to 130 lbs. Went from a size 32 to a size 6. My A1C has been staying in the normal range and I have been able to stop several meds. My GP practically does cartwheels when I come in because I have kept the weight off since 2014

    JJan

  • I had gastric bypass surgery on March 31 2008 and, not to sound cheesy, but it's one of the BEST decisions I've ever made. I was actually pretty healthy prior to having surgery - minus being about 110 lbs over weight - so, as silly as it may seem, my motivation for the operation was about 80% fashion based and 20% of just plain ole tired of being fat! I've always loved clothes and fashion but I absolutely hated shopping. There were only 2... maybe 3 stores I could find clothes in my size. I wanted to be able to walk into any mall and shop in any and every store in the building.

    When people ask me am I happy with the results I can honestly say "Yes!!!". I am now able to do what I wanted to accomplish. My dream was to be a size 12 and I have exceeded my own goal and have maintained my weight for the last 5 months. When you set a personal goal you have to make sure it's just that - personal - because if you base your decision to have this surgery to make someone else happy or if your decision has something to do with an aspect that YOU cannot control, no matter how small you get, you may never be satisfied with the results.

    The first few weeks are hard with all the protein shakes, sugar-free this and that, baby sips, chicken broth, dry mouth, and constant worry if you made the right decision. But, it's SOOOO worth it! I PROMISE! I use to have a pair of size 14 jeans hanging on my wall; they were my "motivation" jeans. I had to give them away to Goodwill last year because they were to big - THAT was my "WOW" moment. I encourage you find one for yourself...

    Weight prior to surgery: 273
    Clothes size: 22
    Shoe size: 11
    Bra size: 40 C/D

    Weight post surgery: 148-151
    Clothes size: 6 or 8
    Shoe size: 10 or 9 1/2 (amazing!!!)
    Bra size: 34 B (not so amazing *sad face*)

    AAnonymous

  • My name is Sharon Clark and for 5 years I struggled with obesity, I was on medications for high blood pressure, diabetes, and my mobility was limited due to severe knee problems.

    I met with Dr. Michael Williams in September of 2019 and he explained the weight loss options available to me and we decided that the gastric sleeve was the best option for me. I had my surgery on December 30, 2019, and I must say that this was the best decision I could have made for myself.

    To date, I have lost 109 pounds, I no longer have high blood pressure, or diabetes, and I am able to walk without any assistance, this surgery has truly changed my life. I would like to thank Dr. Michael Williams and his staff for their support during this journey.

    SSharon Clark

  • I have been a patient of Dr. Michael Williams for almost 7 years and I have always had the best care and outcome from him.

    In September 2013 I had the gastric sleeve procedure. I weighed 300 lbs, had sleep apnea, and high blood pressure. My blood sugar was also high. After the surgery, I was on 3 weeks of a liquid diet then I slowly added soft foods. I have lost 100 lbs and have kept it off. My sleep apnea is gone, I have no more high blood pressure and my blood sugar is normal.

    I'm very grateful to Dr. Williams for giving me a second chance at a healthier life. I have referred several of my friends to him, and they have all had a successful outcome from their surgeries.

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    LLinda

  • I’m simply going to say that I’ll be looking forward to being able to enjoy some extra years with my beautiful and loving wife of 43 years.


    MY JOURNEY

    22-Mar-2007:
    K305-0 / W314-0
    Had lap-band surgery.

    2-May-2007:
    K270-35
    My band was tightened to 4.0cc and I have lost a total of 35 lbs. since 22-Mar-2007.

    8-Jun-2007:
    W276-38
    My band was tightened to 6.0cc.

    17-Jul-2007:
    W269-45
    My band was tightened to 7.0cc.

    17-Aug-2007:
    K255-50
    My total weight loss is now 50 lbs. I have definitely changed the type of food that I eat and the quantity of such. I can really eat anything that I want, but I seem to gravitate to ground steak, fish & chicken with a small amount of vegetables.

    04-Oct-2007:
    K250.0-55.0
    My total weight loss is now 55 lbs. and I have stayed there for the past 6-weeks. I’ve gone from a size 3XL shirt to a size XL. My waist size is now 44” – down from 52”. My blood studies look great. I’m no longer Diabetic! My recent Stress Test was outstanding for my age.

    07-Nov-2007:
    W256-58
    It was decided that another 0.5cc (7.5cc total) should be added to my band. Now if I eat too fast, my small stomach will hurt for about a minute or less. However, I can still eat a normal restaurant sized meal, if, I skip the salad & bread. My blood pressure is now normal – 115/70 to 130/80.

    03-Mar-2008:
    K245-60 / W253-61
    It was decided to add another 0.5cc to my band. Dr. William says that I now have 8.5cc total. I now notice that I’m belching more and seem to be eating smaller food portions.

    22-Apr-2008:
    I had a facelift, eyelid & browlift surgery - $14,000! No question about it, I look 15 years younger from the front and 68 from the rear. My 03-Mar-2008 tightening has not made any change in weight loss.

    11-Jun-2008
    K247-58 / W260-54
    I put on 5 lbs. during the past 2 months, so another 0.5cc was added to my band, for a total of 9.0cc. 10cc is normal and the band can be overfilled to a max of 12cc. My weight gain has been caused by eating too many calories – that simple. I notice that I’m now belching after I swallow a mouthful of water. The extra added 0.5cc hasn’t had any affect on my weight loss.

    20-Aug-2008
    K262-43 / W266-48
    At this point in my life, it’s very obvious that the Lap-Band is nothing more than a tool to help me loose weight. Because of lower-back problems, I have not been exercising on a regular basis. So, I end up sitting in front of my computer all day and snacking. Today Dr. Williams is going to add another 0.5cc to my band for a total of 9.5cc.

    20-May-2009
    K255-50 / W262-52
    A decision was made to add more Saline to my lap-band. My total is now 9.65cc. I now notice that I’m belching a little more than usual and eating a little less. I’m told that belching is good. Dr. Williams is talking about going to the normal 10.0cc level, but I’m not sure I want to do that. When I question his reasoning, he just smiles and ask me how often how often do I vomit – I don’t know what makes him think that I want to start... 19-Sep-2009 - Since this last adjustment, I have not loss or gained any weight. It's basically because I'm not being selective when it comes to the type of food that I'm shoving in the orifice below my nose...

  • Dr Williams is a wonderful surgeon. I'm so very grateful for all the time, hard work, and effort he made in order to become a physician and help save lives. I had a ruptured appendix and peritonitis and he took excellent care of me. Just prior to my surgery, I had multiple nurses tell me that he is the surgeon they would pick for their loved ones and that he is awesome. I agree completely. He personally checked on me every day I was in the hospital even on the weekend. For the follow up, I had no wait time. Please keep in mind the nature of his job, emergency surgeries become priority and could affect wait times which would not be his fault.
    Thank you, Dr Williams. I appreciate you and will keep you and your family in my prayers. I am extremely grateful that you helped save my life.

    JJen Gillespie

  • Dr. Williams is a very skilled surgeon. While I was at Northside Cherokee many nurses discussed he would be the one to do their surgery. I had a gastric sleeve. Don’t expect a fabulous bedside manner, he is not talkative. But he is more than willing to answer your questions without seeming rushed. I am five daysPost surgery and have really had no complications Related to the surgery. I was surprised though that neither of the hospital nor the doctors office have called to see how I am.

    SSuzanne F.

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