After the Lap-Band procedure is complete, it may eventually become necessary for the patient to receive an adjustment fill. By making the band tighter or looser, the patient is able to control the amount of desired weight loss more comfortably. Your surgeon will work with you to customize your band fill in order for you to lose weight at a healthy pace. Ensuring the band fill is adjusted properly is a crucial step in achieving desired weight loss. It ensures that the lap band procedure will achieve long term results in maintaining a healthy weight.
How does it work?
Sterile saline is injected into a port just below the skin that is attached to the lap band inside your stomach. As the lap band is filled, it becomes tighter in order to decrease your appetite at a gradual rate.
How often will I need a band fill?
Lap Band fills are performed with relative ease, and is a virtually painless procedure. Within the first month after surgery , it is typical to receive your first band fill. Your surgeon will work with you to find an adjustment that is comfortable and facilitates gradual weight loss at a healthy rate.The first year after surgery may require an appointment with a surgeon every 4 weeks, but will decrease over the years. It should also be noted that each patient’s weight loss needs are unique and will receive a band fill that is customized to their body. The Lap Band is most effective when a patient keeps their surgeon well informed about changes and weight loss they’re experiencing. Your doctor will work with you to design a fill schedule that best suits your body and lifestyle.
How will I know?
If overeating or portion control becomes a problem, it may be necessary to schedule a band fill. It is important to be aware of the dietary guidelines issued by your surgeon and report any changes that may occur. By intaking a lot of high-calorie liquids or soft foods, it will inhibit the Lap Band’s ability to assist your weight loss.