What can I expect after the fitting of a gastric band?
You will remain in the recovery room for at least two hours after the operation is completed. As soon as your bodily functions are doing well and the doctor has cleared you for discharge, you may go home. Please note that for the first week after the surgery, you may not drive yourself unless otherwise indicated by the doctor.
Do not use any dangerous machines in the first week either. Do not use any tobacco, drugs or drink any alcohol.
Smoking narrows the blood vessels and can prevent the wound from healing properly, or it can affect the overall recovery. That’s why it is advisable to stop smoking for four weeks before and for four weeks after the surgery.
The body has undergone treatment and needs to recovery in its own time. The length of recovery is different per person, but it always takes time. We’ve bundled together the most important guidelines for after the surgery in our folder Living guidelines after bariatry.
The day after the operation you will be contacted by the support team from Praktijk Gabriels. They will make an appointment with you for two weeks and six weeks later, for the first check-ups. Should it be necessary, the band can be tightened, depending on the results and the sense of fullness.
You will have further check-ups with our bariatric nurse, at the practice of Diana Gabriels, after three, six and nine months, and after one year. Each time adjustments will be made, when and where necessary.
There will be a bi-yearly check-up as from the first year after the operation, for five years.
Each body is unique. This also means that everybody loses weight in his or her own way and time. Therefore, we cannot guarantee how much weight you will lose in the first half-year. Of course, you will eat much less than before. However, it’s more about the type of food you consume. Also, we advise you to exercise sufficiently in the period after the procedure. This is not only important for your health, but it will also help you to reach your goal faster.
Regardless of whether you are being treated for a gastric band, sleeve or bypass, or whether your BMI is less than 40, it is still possible to lose up to 100 per cent of your excess weight. The target weight is then a BMI of 23-25. Is your BMI the same or higher than 40, then you will statistically lose 70 per cent of your excess weight.