Following your procedure at SmartShape™, you will be closely monitored in the Lap-Band recovery area. Normally clients are discharged within two hours of the procedure being completed. We encourage you to become mobile as soon as possible. For your safety, a responsible adult must accompany you when you are discharged. This person will also need to stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery.
You will be given dietary guidelines and information on other aspects of your Lap-Band recovery. Following your procedure, you will be limited to a liquid diet as you learn to adjust to the Lap-Band. Within 3 weeks you will be back to eating solid food.
The First Month
Normal Lap-Band recovery means you should be able to resume your normal activities within 4 to 5 days after the procedure. We recommend you plan to take it easy for at least a week; schedule time off work and take care of yourself.
We encourage you to gradually start exercising when you feel up to it. Walking each day is highly recommended and distances can be increased as you recover. Strenuous exercise, such as lifting weights and abdominal exercises, should be avoided for at least one month.
Swimming and Bathing
We recommend that patients wait three weeks before swimming and at least four weeks before using a bathtub or hot tub. Showering is fine within two days of surgery.
In the three to four weeks after surgery, you will transition from liquids to puréed foods and then soft foods and solid foods.
Living with the Lap-Band
The team at SmartShape is here to help you and make the Lap-Band recovery process as smooth and comfortable as possible. Our nurses, dietitians and coaches are available during the day and one of our surgeons is available 24/7 if you have concerns or urgent questions after hours.
Many of our clients claim they enjoy food more with the Lap-Band because they pay attention to what they eat. Here are a few tips on eating with the Lap-Band.