Adjustable Gastric Banding: Lifetime Commitment & Dietary Changes

Adjustable gastric banding helps you lose weight by limiting how much you can eat, reducing your appetite, and slowing digestion. But choices that can drastically affect your success are still up to you. The weight loss surgery makes it easier for you to follow healthy habits, but it will not solve your morbid obesity by itself.

Generally right after surgery you will start with clear fluids, progress to full liquids, then slowly to soft foods as you tolerate them without nausea or vomiting. In the first few weeks, your focus will be on allowing your stomach to adjust to the gastric band rather than losing weight. For a month or more, you may be eating only pureed, soft foods.

As you progress to a normal diet, you will find some foods, like bread, red meat, rice, and pasta may be difficult or impossible to tolerate. “Softer” foods, such as chicken, pork, and fish, can be much easier to handle and therefore more enjoyable to eat. You will also find smaller, well-chewed bites more enjoyable.

Again, the procedure makes it easier to make healthier choices, but the choices are still yours. You can still be tempted to eat between meals or eat high-calorie foods and sweets, but gastric banding will dampen your desire because you will feel full longer if you choose the right foods at meals.

If you do not follow these precautions, you may have vomiting, stomach irritation and swelling. You could also have stomach obstruction. Your choices and commitment, especially in the first few months, will keep your stomach pouch from enlarging through filling it with too much or by overeating and vomiting.

Are you ready to make the commitment? Contact us the Longstreet Clinic Center for Weight Management today, to take the first step to a healthier lifestyle. Or call 770-534-0110 to speak with a member of our team.

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