As weight loss surgery is a keyhole operation, your recovery should be much quicker than with open surgery. In most cases, you can leave the hospital after one night or even later that day. However, it varies from person to person so it’s important to follow your Consultant's advice.
Once you’re home, we’d recommend you take two weeks off work. While you’re off, you should avoid sitting for long periods and be as mobile as you can to avoid blood clots forming. You should avoid lifting heavy objects and you shouldn’t drive.
In the two weeks after your operation, you’ll need to change your eating patterns and your diet. You’ll only be able to drink liquids before easing yourself into more solid foods, which you’ll need to chew thoroughly to avoid any discomfort.
You’ll have access to a nutritional therapist for nutritional advice, including diet sheets if you need them, and face-to-face follow-up appointments for several months afterwards to monitor progress. They may suggest supplements to ensure you get the nutrients you need for energy and good health.
The band's effectiveness will be reviewed as part of your regular 8 to 12-week follow-up cycle and topped up if needed. It needs to be tight enough for you to lose weight but, at the same time, we need to make sure it’s not too restrictive.
It's a simple procedure to inject further saline solution through the access port, which then flows into the ring, tightening it. We’ll ask you to sip some water to check that the ring is not too tight.