Lap band surgery is a simple process that hardly takes time. But the life after this surgery is very tough as a well planned diet must be consumed to control the weight of the patient. Before knowing about the lap band surgerydiet regime that should be followed after the surgery, lets us briefly know what happens during the surgery.
What happens during a lap band surgery?
A lap band surgery is performed to place a lap band around the upper region of the stomach. This creates a small pouch in the upper region which will be of the volume 15cc. This lap band has a silicone belt, a port and a tube connecting both of them. This whole apparatus is designed to control the food intake levels of the stomach. This surgery hardly takes an hour and the patient can return home the same day.
What is the diet that should be followed after the surgery?
After the surgery, the patient should follow a strict lap band surgery diet regime. This is to ensure that the patient loses weight because of the controlled diet. The patient should make sure that he eats healthy food three times a day without any snacks in between. A dietician can help in making a diet plan. The brief information on lap band surgery diet is described below.
Diet immediately after the operation: The patient cannot start eating anything as some time is required by the stomach to get adjusted to the new position and also to heal. Only a sip of water occasionally should be taken immediately after the operation. The very next day, little more amounts of water can be taken. Fluids that are nutritious can also be consumed but in very low quantities to prevent vomiting and nausea. One should make sure that the newly formed pouch should not be stretched much.
Diet after 1 or 2 weeks post operation: Once the stomach starts getting adjusted to the new position, few more liquids can be added to the diet. In the initial days it is advised to take only thin liquids. Liquids that can be consumed during this phase are clear broth or soup (with no vegetables or meat and not creamy), skim milk, fruit juice, no-sugar-added popsicles etc.
Diet after 3 0r 4 weeks post operation: A bit thicker liquids or less textured foods can be consumed during this phase. Baby foods are the best foods that can be consumed during this phase. Foods rich in proteins should be consumed so that the patient does not lose his muscle during this process. One should concentrate less on fruits and vegetables during this phase. Suggested foods during this phase are pureed skinless chicken or fish, mashed potatoes, peas, low-fat yogurt or pudding, etc. In the initial stages it is alright to consume foods that have good calorie content. Once the patient recovers he should stop eating these foods.
Diet after 5 weeks post operation: Soft solid foods can be included in the diet during this phase. But one should take care that the food is thoroughly chewed to make it soft. If the food is not chewed then it may cause irritations or swelling in the stomach. Sometimes, the outlet of the stomach also gets blocked because of the non chewed solid particles. If any of these conditions are observed then the patient should switch back to the liquid foods. Solid foods must be consumed only when the stomach is fully prepared.
Diet to be followed here after: If the patient is able to take solid foods without any reactions it indicates that the stomach is completely healed. Here after it is very important to decide a diet plan which includes the exact amount of calories that should be consumed every day. It is very important to consume water through out the day. This prevents dehydration. The pouch generally obstructs the solid food. So large amounts of liquids should be consumed to flush down these solid foods. Food should be thoroughly chewed so that it does not block the outlet of the pouch or the stoma opening. Three small meals with required amounts of nutrients should be consumed. One should make sure that the pouch is not stretched much. Fats and other fiber rich foods should be prevented as the stomach will find it difficult to digest them.
The above is the lap band surgery diet that should be followed after the surgery.