Gastric banding is one of the safest and most effective weight loss surgeries. The procedure is simple and safe for many patients with an uncomplicated recovery period. Life after weight loss surgery may not be simple for many patients, but having the gastric banding procedure can make life after surgery easier. After the gastric banding procedure, the patient’s diet will be advanced as patients must tolerate the recommended diet. There may also be intravenous fluids following the surgery, which will be stopped once the patient is able to consume liquids without assistance. Patients are able to return home one to four days after the surgery, usually patients only require an overnight stay in the hospital. There are some minor complications such as abdominal discomfort and vomiting that may initially following the procedure, but these usually subside within a few weeks.
There may be some painkillers and vitamins prescribed for patients of the gastric banding surgery. The patients are advised to crush large pills and mix them in the recommended liquid, which will prevent any obstruction of the outlet of the pouch. Follow-ups are a key component in the recovery period of gastric banding surgery. It is advisable to visit the Baratric Clinic within 10-14 days of having the surgery. During the initial follow-up, the doctor will assess the patient’s health, the patient’s weight will be taken, and any wounds will be examined. The band applied during surgery should also be adjusted every eight weeks(depending on the progress) until adjustment is optimal.
Patients are also advised to follow a diet and exercise program following the diet. After the surgery, patients are advised to walk as much as possible for the first four weeks. It may even be helpful for patients to use a podometer to assess their own progress, and a regular exercise program should be started within six weeks of the surgery. There will also be a diet program recommended to patients, and the diet will be monitored, and adjusted as need. The limited food intake caused by the gastric banding surgery will limit a person’s intake of the required vitamins and minerals. Vitamin supplements are needed to give patients the required vitamins and minerals.
There are certain vitamins and minerals that should be taken by gastric banding patients for the rest of the lives. Adult patients must be take multivitamins once a day, and adolescent patients should take the vitamins twice a day for the rest of their lives. There should also be 500mg of calcium taken twice daily, and most patients prefer Caltrate D, because it is easy to take. It is also possible to take Tums once a day as a replacement. Two hundred-fifty micrograms of vitamin B12 should be taken every day by patients. For women, 300mg of Palafer is prescribed to be taken once daily. Some vitamin deficiencies such as vitamin B12 can lead to paralysis, if it is not detected and treated, so postoperative follow-ups are important. The gastric banding procedure is a lifelong commitment, and patients have to care for themselves long after the surgery.