With lap band and other types of weight loss surgery becoming increasingly popular, many people have some pertinent questions that they want answering. Hopefully, the following common FAQs will help you to lift the veil of mystery surrounding lap band surgery once and for all.
How Long Is Surgery?
Depending on the type of procedure you have completed and whether or not additional work has to be done, the surgery lasts between one and six hours.
How Long Will I Be in Hospital?
This again depends on the type of procedure. However, the average is three days, presuming there are no complications.
What Can I Eat?
You will only be able to eat a liquid diet for two weeks. Over the next three months, you will go from liquid to pureed to solid foods. You will be provided with exact nutritional recommendations and you must follow this.
How Long Will it Take Before I Recover?
Recovery time depends entirely on how healthy you were before. Some people take just three days, others are out of action for six weeks. Usually, you will be able to return to week a week after having had a lap band fitted.
How Much Will it Cost?
This is another almost impossible question to answer. It depends on your geographical location, your state of health, your medical insurance, and more. The cost itself, which may not be the cost you will pay therefore, is usually between $17,000 and $25,000.
What Support Will I Need Post-Op?
The support you receive after your procedure is vital to a successful outcome. You must follow the exercise plan and diet that is prescribed to you. This also means that your family should support you, and this is something you must discuss before having the procedure done. After all, their life is going to change tremendously as well.
Can Children Have Obesity Surgery?
Generally speaking, obesity surgery is not offered to children. However, as more and more kids become obese, this may start to change. Mainly, however, the recommendation is for parents to be aware of their children’s lifestyle and to understand how they themselves contribute to this, after which they can be properly educated on how to make changes.
Can I Have Children After Surgery?
Yes, although you should not conceive for the first year.
What About the Stretch Marks and Loose Skin?
A lot of people opt to have further surgery completed after they have lost a significant amount of weight. This is not covered by insurance companies, however. Hence, you may simply have to learn to live with it.
Can I Reverse the Procedure?
One of the reasons why the lap band is so popular is because it is both adjustable and reversible.
Will I Look Like a Supermodel?
If you lose all the weight, have further plastic surgery completed to get rid of the excess skin, and exercise to tone yourself, then you can look like a classic supermodel. However, remember that true beauty is skin-deep and your goal should be to be healthy.