Preparing For Surgery

All of us at DayOne Health want you to feel safe and comfortable before, during, and after your LAP-BAND® surgery. Our entire team is committed to making sure that you understand exactly what to expect at each stage of the process. Once you have scheduled a consultation, we work closely with you as you prepare for your procedure. This includes:


Before your procedure, you can expect to make about two or three visits to the DayOne clinic for your preliminary medical assessment, psychological evaluation, nutritional counseling, and pre-operative testing. Please note that the timing for the completion of these steps and the scheduling of surgery varies from patient to patient, based on whether or not you are paying for the operation yourself or seeking insurance coverage for the procedure.

If you are a self-pay patient, you may be able to have the surgery as early as two to four weeks following your consultation. Once the results of the pre-operative tests have been evaluated and you have been medically cleared by the physician, we will schedule your surgery date.

When insurance is involved, the length of the process depends on several factors, including how long your insurance company takes to approve the procedure and any pre-surgical requirements mandated by your insurance company.

This may take anywhere from two weeks to six months. We will notify you immediately upon hearing back from your insurance company so that you can schedule your procedure as soon as possible.

Most of our procedures are performed at our location at 900 N. Michigan Avenue Surgical Center. Learn more about our outpatient facility.

After your surgery has been scheduled, our entire team continues to help you mentally and physically prepare for the procedure.

Throughout the process, we will make sure that you understand exactly what to expect immediately before, during and after the procedure to eliminate any anxiety you might have. The day before your surgery you will receive a pre-operative call by our nursing staff to provide you with instructions (what you can eat before surgery, what you should bring with you, what you can wear, etc.) and answer any of your last-minute questions.


All of our patients will meet with our dietitian for nutritional counseling and with our psychologist to make sure you are emotionally prepared for life following weight-loss surgery. In addition, your insurance company may have additional requirements, such as providing proof of a medically supervised diet. Our support staff is available every step of the way to help you understand and complete your insurance requirements.

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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