Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric banding or Lap Band or LAGB, is a process (program) for weight loss. However, some selected persons only can adopt this program. This gastric band is sited above the stomach region, thus creating a small pouch like structure in the stomach.
What happens now is that, the food passes through this band, into the pouch slowly, and thus quickly giving a sensation of fullness.Before, and even after, the implant of the band, you must consider what you are eating or you will be compromising not only your health but also, nesting certain side effects.
Prior To Surgery
Most of the physicians, who direct this type of program, suggest that the patient keep away from beverages containing caffeine, sugar and other added flavors and preservatives.
Therefore, it is a good idea to stop sucking on these as you draw near to the surgery date. On the day of the surgery, you will be provided nothing but an ice cube to suck on.
After The Surgery
During the 24 hours, that follow the surgery, you are to have nothing solid. Only clear fluid, with the absence of sugar and caffeine, is supplied for you to drink. In the couple of weeks that follow the surgery, you are instructed to drink only clear fluids, broths, and soups. You may also be given skimmed milk, fresh fruit juice; but makes sure that there is no sugar included in any of these.
After A Couple Of Weeks
When solid food is supplied to you, after two or three weeks of surgery, makes sure that you eat very slowly. As a mother asks her child to chew every second, before gulping down the formation, you must chew the food until it comes close to the texture of puree. Take around 30 minutes, or more, to finish a meal.
When you have the gastric band placed in you, and you have started taking in soft foods (like cheese, pureed meats, scrambled eggs, etc.), do not drink any liquid while you are eating.
It is essential that you drink after a length of about 30-60 minutes, after you have had the meal. Drinking with eating, or drinking shortly after, will wash away the chewed meal from the pouch, and thus will not work to make you feel full.
After You Have Adjusted
After you have adjusted with the speed of eating, and know what you need to eat, you must know that the number of meals throughout the day should be three small ones.
In addition to lean meats, fishes, eggs, etc. you are now allowed to eat little of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Deter from having over-fibrous foods, as they might give you a strange feeling of being stuck.
What You Should Avoid
Make sure the food you eat is fully nutritional, and not because you love the taste. Your stomach capacity has decreased, so you have to go along with it. Avoid foods high in fat, sugar content, starchy and high in calorie.
Here are some facts you should know. If you eat too fast, swallow a large amount of food in one mouthful, or eat ‘sticky’ foods, you might experience pain along the sides of the pouch. This pain can become every severe. If it does not recede, contact your medical provider.