Dietary Tips for LAP-BAND Patients

Dietary Tips for LAP-BAND Patients

During LAP-BAND surgery, your doctor places an adjustable silicone band around your stomach. This band, which is known as a LAP-BAND device, creates a small pouch, known as a gastric pouch, that fills up quickly when you eat.

Having a LAP-BAND helps with weight loss because it closes off part of your stomach and reduces the amount of food you can comfortably eat. You’ll feel full faster, which helps you eat less and lose weight.

Here at Northwest EndoSurgical, bariatric surgeon Dr. Matthew St. Laurent has been helping patients in the Houston area achieve healthy weight loss for two decades. He not only offers LAP-BAND surgery to qualified patients, but he guides them through their post-surgery weight loss journey.

After you have LAP-BAND surgery, Dr. St. Laurent gives you dietary tips to help you shed excess pounds in a healthy way while still getting the nutrients your body needs. Here are some of those tips:

Stick with liquids after surgery

For two or three weeks after your LAP-BAND surgery, Dr. St. Laurent will advise you to limit yourself to liquids or pureed foods.

Some of the foods you can include in your diet during those first few weeks include milk, yogurt, certain protein shakes, soups, sugar-free puddings, smoothies, pureed fruits and cooked vegetables, well-mashed potatoes, and blenderized meats and fish.

Be sure to choose foods that are low in fat and sugar, and to include protein in each meal or snack because your body needs protein to function well.

If you take medications, Dr. St. Laurent lets you know how to take them in a safe way after surgery.

Move slowly to solids

When Dr. St. Laurent gives you the OK, you can start adding solid foods to your diet.

Continue to choose low-fat and low-sugar foods. For example, focus on lean meats and fish, fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.

You don’t want to add solids back in to your diet too soon because doing so could lead to enlargement of the gastric pouch or vomiting, which can shift your LAP-BAND out of place.

Chew your food thoroughly

Once you start eating solid foods, be sure to chew them thoroughly. When you chew, you grind your food up into small particles that your stomach can handle well.

Failing to chew your food completely can lead to vomiting.

Eat smaller, more frequent meals

Rather than three larger meals, plan on having five or six small meals and snacks throughout the day. For example, you may want to eat breakfast, a mid-morning snack, lunch, an afternoon snack, dinner, and an evening snack.

Watch for intolerances

Some types of food may not sit well with you. For example, some patients feel uncomfortable after eating bread, rice, pasta, or steak.

If a certain food bothers you or causes vomiting, avoid it for a while before trying it again..

These intolerances may go away over time, as your LAP-BAND is adjusted, or they may continue. Be sure to mention any food intolerances to Dr. St. Laurent during your follow-up appointments.

Take daily dietary supplements

Because you’ll be eating less food, Dr. St. Laurent recommends that you take daily dietary supplements to ensure that you get all of the nutrients you need.

Each day, have a chewable multivitamin with iron (1 adult multivitamin or 2 children’s vitamins taken at different times of day) as well as a chewable calcium supplement, such as Tums.

Dr. St. Laurent also recommends other supplements, such as vitamin D, if you need them.

Make an appointment to learn more

If you think LAP-BAND surgery may be right for you, call Northwest EndoSurgical or use the “book online” button to make an appointment with Dr. St. Laurent. He and his team can answer all of your questions about the LAP-BAND procedure and other weight loss solutions.


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