After Surgery

Our care, support, and guidance begin at your first consultation and continue after your surgery. We are committed not only to helping you prepare for surgery, but also to helping you prepare for your new lifestyle. The procedure is just the beginning; we are dedicated to continuing to support you at every step until you have succeeded at reaching your weight-loss goal.

LIFE AFTER LAP-BAND® AND GASTRIC SLEEVE SURGERY

Both the gastric sleeve and the LAP-BAND® are tools whose long-term effectiveness largely depends on your ability to change your diet, eating, and exercise habits; failure to do so can not only jeopardize your weight-loss efforts, but could actually lead to weight gain. DayOne’s comprehensive program will empower you with the knowledge of healthy eating and exercise habits that will maximize and maintain your weight loss. This program is designed to help you lose weight and stay focused

and healthy throughout your post-surgery weight-loss journey.

Our post-surgery program includes:

  • ✔ Scheduled follow-up visits with our surgeon and/or dietitian at our Chicago location. After weight loss surgery, recipes for healthy eating may be different from what you are used to cooking; our dietitians can help you with meal and nutrition planning.
  • ✔ Post-operative diet, nutrition, exercise, and support program. Eating well after LAP-BAND as well as gastric sleeve surgery is essential to success.
  • ✔ Post-surgery support program. Connecting with other patients can help you stay motivated and provide a community to share your experiences with others who underwent LAP-BAND or gastric sleeve surgery.

FOLLOW-UP VISITS

During the first year after surgery, you will continue to visit DayOne Health Chicago clinic for at least four follow-up appointments with your surgeon.
These visits are designed to:

  • ✔ Monitor your recovery following surgery
  • ✔ Track your weight-loss progress
  • ✔ Assess the need for a adjustment for LAP-BAND patients
  • ✔ Provide a one-on-one opportunity to discuss any concerns or post-operative problems

LAP-BAND ADJUSTMENTS

One of the unique and important advantages of the LAP-BAND System is that the band itself can be adjusted after your surgery to make it tighter or looser. The adjustment is a non-surgical procedure that is performed on an outpatient basis in less than five minutes.

Adjustments can be made at any time two to five weeks after your surgery date. Learn more about LAP-BAND adjustments.

IMPORTANCE OF SUPPORT GROUPS

Research shows that one of the most important factors in long-term weight loss is behavior modification. Because changing habits may be the hardest part of your journey, we not only provide a comprehensive follow-up visit system, but we also give our patients an opportunity to meet with other fellow LAP-BAND patients to talk about everyday successes and challenges.

Our DayOne Support group focuses on helping patients address many of the emotional and psychological issues of excess weight, including self-esteem and body image, social pressures, food cravings, addictive behaviors, and much more. Learn more about our Support group and see our schedule.

DIET & NUTRITION AFTER WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY

Life after weight loss surgery does involve certain restrictions, but the reward is increased health. We aim to provide you with the knowledge that will make your weight loss healthy and lasting.* Our bariatric dietitian will meet with you before and after the surgery to discuss specific post-operative dietary recommendations. These include successful eating habits, foods to avoid, fluid requirements, your vitamin and mineral regimen, and more.

During these counseling sessions, you will be encouraged to follow a balanced nutritional program. It is important that our patients review and follow the post-operative dietary guidelines very carefully, as they are critical to recovery and successful weight loss. Learn more about our dietary recommendations.

Depending on whether you decide to undergo LAP-BAND or gastric sleeve surgery, your post-operative diet and supplement recommendations may differ. In order to achieve optimal weight loss, you should always stay in touch with your bariatric dietitian. At our Chicago clinic, we provide our weight loss surgery patients with continuous support of specialist team including a bariatric dietitian.

IMPORTANCE OF EXERCISE AFTER WEIGHT-LOSS SURGERY

Exercise is key to achieving health, vitality, and faster weight loss. After your initial recovery period, we encourage you to add moderate exercise into your daily routine.

While walking is the recommended exercise immediately following surgery, four to six weeks after your surgery you may do any exercise you would like — aerobics, bicycling, swimming, running, strength conditioning, etc. The more exercise you incorporate into your life, the better you will feel.
Learn more about our post-surgical exercise recommendations.

PLASTIC SURGERY AFTER WEIGHT LOSS

Plastic surgery is a personal decision. It’s difficult to tell in advance if a patient will require a cosmetic procedure following significant weight loss. Skin elasticity is determined by multiple factors, such as your age, your pre-surgery weight, and how long you have been overweight. LAP-BAND patients typically lose weight slowly and steadily – one to two pounds each week. This gives the surplus skin time to retract and typically minimizes sagging. If you are still left with extra skin and wish to undergo plastic surgery, DayOne Health can offer you a referral. Most plastic surgeons will require that you wait at least one year after your weight-loss procedure and have reached a stable weight before undergoing any plastic surgery procedures.

*Results and patient experience may vary. 
Important LAP-BAND® System Safety Information

Indications: The LAP-BAND® System is indicated for weight reduction for patients with obesity, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40 kg/m2 or a BMI of at least 30 kg/m2with one or more obesity-related co-morbid conditions. It is indicated for use only in adult patients who have failed more conservative weight reduction alternatives, such as supervised diet, exercise and behavior modification programs. Patients who elect to have this surgery must make the commitment to accept significant changes in their eating habits for the rest of their lives.

Contraindications: The LAP-BAND® System is not recommended for non-adult patients, patients with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or increase the risk of poor results (e.g., inflammatory or cardiopulmonary diseases, GI conditions, symptoms or family history of autoimmune disease, cirrhosis), who are unwilling or unable to comply with the required dietary restrictions, who have alcohol or drug addictions, or who currently are or may be pregnant.

Warnings: The LAP-BAND® System is a long-term implant. Explant and replacement surgery may be required. Patients who become pregnant or severely ill, or who require more extensive nutrition may require deflation of their bands. Anti-inflammatory agents, such as aspirin, should be used with caution and may contribute to an increased risk of band erosion.

Adverse Events: Placement of the LAP-BAND® System is major surgery and, as with any surgery, death can occur. Possible complications include the risks associated with the medications and methods used during surgery, the risks associated with any surgical procedure, and the patient’s ability to tolerate a foreign object implanted in the body. Band slippage, erosion and deflation, reflux, obstruction of the stomach, dilation of the esophagus, infection, or nausea and vomiting may occur. Reoperation may be required. Rapid weight loss may result in complications that may require additional surgery. Deflation of the band may alleviate excessively rapid weight loss or esophageal dilation.

Important: For full safety information please click here, talk with your doctor, or call Apollo Customer Support at 1-855-551-3123


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