Frequently Asked Questions About Lap-Band® Surgery

Frequently asked questions — and answers — about Lap-Band® surgery.

Will I feel hungry or deprived with the Lap-Band procedure?
No. You will consume less food and you will feel fuller for a longer period of time. 

Does the Lap-Band limit any physical activity?
No. You will have no activity limitations. In fact, an important part of your program will be a regular exercise program. 

How long will it take to recover after the procedure?
Most patients recover in one to three weeks. Patients with jobs that require physical activity may need a longer recovery period. 

Will I be sick a lot after the procedure?
The Lap-Band limits the amount of food you can consume. If you feel nauseated or sick on a regular basis, it may mean that you are not chewing your food well enough or you are not following the dietary program. It could also mean there is a problem with the placement of the band, so contact your surgeon if this problem persists. Vomiting should be avoided as much as possible because it can cause the small pouch to stretch. It can also lead to slippage of the band, reducing the success of the procedure. 

What will happen if I become ill?
One of the advantages of the Lap-Band is the ability to adjust it. If your illness requires you to eat more, the band can be loosened by removing saline from it. When you have recovered from your illness and are ready to lose weight again, the bands can be tightened by adding saline to the band. If you become ill, you or your doctor should discuss options for adjusting your Lap-Band with your bariatric surgeon.

How long should I wait to get pregnant?
We advise you not to get pregnant for one to two years. When you do get pregnant, your band may be loosened and after pregnancy, you can have it tightened again. 

Will I need to take vitamin supplements?
You will have to take vitamin supplements. Remember, you are not consuming a lot of food, so you may require supplements to maintain your nutrition. 

What if I eat out?
Order only a small amount of food, such as an appetizer. Eat slowly and chew your food to a liquid consistency. 

What about alcohol?
Alcohol consumption is not recommended. Alcohol is high in empty calories and may cause you not to have optimal weight loss.

For More Information
Sharp offers Roux-en-Y gastric bypass at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center and Sharp Memorial Hospital. To learn more about Sharp HealthCare's weight-loss surgery programs, attend a free informational seminar. To register, call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm, or register online at Sharp's weight-loss surgery seminar.