Unlike other weight-loss surgeries, LAP-BAND® is considered a minimally invasive procedure. This means that the surgery is much less invasive than an open surgery and is performed with virtually no scarring or altering of the digestive tract. As a result, the procedure can be performed in approximately one hour and does not require an overnight hospital stay or a lengthy recovery.


Depending on your general health, the expected recovery time with gastric banding is normally between two and ten days. If you are responsible and careful about following our recommended dietary guidelines, the recovery time is minimal.

Right after you wake up after the procedure, the nurse will have you walk around a little in the recovery area in order to minimize gas pain that can occur after the surgery. Gas pain is normal and follows any laparoscopic procedure. The discomfort may stay with you for the first 2-3 days. During that time we strongly recommend that you keep moving around the house and take some anti-gas or antacid medication to relieve the pressure.

The recovery period involves both the healing of the stomach and the healing of the LAP-BAND’s port site. While the band itself shouldn’t cause any stomach

discomfort if you keep to your dietitian’s recommendations, the port site may be sore for a while. As the stomach heals, it usually takes up to three weeks to progress from a liquid diet to regular foods. Following a liquid diet after surgery will help avoid stomach irritation. Once the swelling in the stomach goes down, you’ll be ready to eat regular foods and get your first adjustment. By then, your port will heal also.

In general, following the surgery you’ll be asked to stay home for 4-7 days. During the first month, we strongly discourage heavy lifting.

Every patient is different and depending on how strenuous your job is, your surgeon will provide recommendations regarding limitations for your recovery period.


After gastric banding, adopting a healthy diet will help you achieve optimal weight-loss results. Foods containing high levels of protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and selected meats will provide you with a well-rounded diet that will give you all the nutrients you need. You can also enrich your diet with additional vitamin supplements as instructed by your bariatric dietitian. Learn more about our post-surgical exercise recommendations.


LAP-BAND patients are encouraged to become as physically active as possible. It is highly recommended that you engage in at least 30 minutes of exercises a day. Exercising will not only make your weight loss faster, but will help prevent skin sagging during and after major weight loss. Dynamic walking, swimming, or biking are excellent ways to prevent weight regain and to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Learn more about our post-surgical dietary recommendations.

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.

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