Thursday, April 02, 2009

Research on Lap Band Surgery

Disclaimer: This is my personal opinion about Lap Band Surgery. If you have had this procedure done......I salute you because you have more gumption than me!

As some of you know I struggle with my weight. I will admit I'm addicted to food.....especially carbohydrates.

I've been considering Lap Band Surgery. My insurance will cover the expenses....I've checked on that already. I know where to find the doctors in my area that will do the surgery. I've been reading how you eat after having the procedure done.........I JUST DON'T THINK I CAN LIVE THAT matter how much I want to lose weight.

I found the following information on Women's Health

The first 3 to 4 days following Adjustable Gastric Lap-Band surgery patients must follow a clear liquid diet. Failure to follow the prescribed diet can cause complications such as band erosion or slippage that require additional surgery.

If you are a regular coffee, tea, or soda drinker you should be aware that no caffeine is permitted for the first three months after surgery. Carbonated beverages; both diet and regular may cause gas, bloating, and an increase in stomach size due to the carbonation and are not recommended at any time for Lap-Band patients. HOW CAN I GO 3 MONTHS WITHOUT TEA?????? LET'S FACE IT.....I'M ADDICTED TO DIET DR. PEPPER.

The second phase of the Lap-Band diet consists of 5 to 6 weeks of a modified full liquid diet; the key component of this phase is consuming two ounces of a protein shake every hour for ten to twelve hours a day with two ounces of other liquids such as soup, baby food, or sugar-free gelatin three times a day. I'D DROWN DRINKING THAT MUCH LIQUID......WOULDN'T I?????????

During the second six weeks following Lap-Band surgery patients may eat food that is shredded in a food processor prior to eating. The basic foods on the Lap-Band diet include meats or other forms of protein, vegetables, and salads. The Lap-Band diet does not include most bread, potatoes and other starchy vegetables. The length of these phases may be altered according a patient’s personal weight and weight loss goals – my first phase is five weeks, followed by a two week second phase. NO BREAD, POTATOES......WHAT WOULD I LIVE ON????????

Eating after Adjustable Gastric Lap-Band surgery means taking tiny bites, and eating very slowly. You should think of your new stomach as a “baby” stomach. You’ll be drinking protein shakes and relearning eating skills much the same way as a new baby eats formula (or breast milk), and slowly adds new foods from blended baby foods to chunkier baby foods.

Certain foods may never be well tolerated by Lap-Band patients. These foods include:

* Meats that are especially tough such as steak and pork chops. Some Lap-Band patients have difficulty digesting other meats that contain gristle such as hamburger.
* Oranges and grapefruits may not be tolerated unless the membrane is removed before eating.
* The seeds and/or skins of all fruits and vegetables.
* High fiber vegetables such as celery and sweet potatoes.
* Spicy foods.
* Fried foods.
* Certain spices including cinnamon, pepper, or onion or garlic salt.
* If you are unable to tolerate milk, it’s important to add other calcium and protein rich foods such as cottage cheese. Dry milk can be added to foods for added protein. I JUST DON'T THINK I COULD GIVE UP EVERYTHING ON THIS LIST!!!!

Any medicine you take may need to be adjusted following Lap-Band surgery since you will not be able to swallow pills that are aspirin-size or larger, or capsules or irregular-shaped pills. THIS WOULD BE A MAJOR PAIN FOR ME.....AS I TAKE SEVERAL LARGE PILLS.....SOME THAT SAY DO NOT SPLIT OR CRUSH.

So, in conclusion........I'm just going to go back on a low carb eating plan and start walking 1 hour 5 days a week. I lost 85 pounds before........and I can do it again.

Whenever I feel sorry for myself and feel deprived......I'LL REMEMBER WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT HOW YOU HAVE TO EAT AFTER LAP BAND SURGERY....and be thankful that bread, potatoes, etc. are not FORBIDDEN......just limited!

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