Are you ready to change your life?
Weight loss requires a change. A change of life, style and health. These changes take time and require small steps to reach a greater goal. It also requires support. We are here to help, and our specialists will work with you to provide you the support and path you need to be successful. We have hundreds of clients with their own personal success story. We want you to join them and have your own.
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Patients who have a Body Mass Index(BMI) of 30-34.9 and have been diagnosed with one or more obesity related health problems may also qualify for weight loss surgery. Contact our office for details.
- Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher OR a BMI of 35-40 and have health problems related to obesity. You can calculate your BMI HERE.
- Be willing and ready to make substantial changes in your eating habits.
- Be willing to come in for frequent visits to monitor your progress.
- Not have any other disease that may have caused your obesity.
Attend a Free Seminar
If you think the lap-band is right for you the next step you need to take is to attend one of our free seminars. This meeting is facilitated by Dr O. Layton Alldredge. You will be able to ask Dr. Alldredge questions directly. There are multiple times in which they are held. You can register under the info tab or by calling the office at 801-571-9511 ext 202.
At the seminar you will receive a packet to fill out with your information. Once that is handed or mailed to our office Dr. Alldredge will review them, ask for additional information if needed, and approve you as a candidate for surgery. Then you will receive a call from our intake coordinator who will set up the following appointments.
- Pre-op class with the nurse, dietician, psychologist, and exercise physiologist.
- Weigh in and meet with a nurse for pre-surgery diet instructions.
- Consultation with the surgeon.
- Two-week follow up appointment.
Life after Surgery
You may feel you’ve never been closer to your weight loss goals and be ready to embrace a new you. However, it’s understandable to still feel a bit uneasy about the change ahead. The good news is, as the weight comes off, this uneasiness seems to lessen — replaced perhaps, by a growing sense of pride and accomplishment.
Take care of yourself
Most patients should plan on being off work one to two weeks, depending on how quickly you heal and how strenuous your job is. You will be sore and might feel a little weak both from the surgery and from the clear liquid diet you go on the first few days following your surgery. You should not drive while you are taking narcotic pain medicine. You will be fine to get up and walk and take care of your personal needs. We ask you not to get your incisions wet for 48 hours.
Eating right, and your nutrition
You will be given specific instructions prior to your surgery concerning the first four weeks of living with your lap-band. These dietary guidelines are to insure that the band heals in the proper position. Liquids and pureed foods are necessary to prevent any undo pressure on the band while it is healing into the correct position.
Four weeks after your surgery you will begin to eat normal, solid food. We ask you to be very careful at this time and make sure you do not eat more than 3/4 cup of food. The following are some suggestions to help you eat correctly.
- Chew your food thoroughly.
- Cut your food into pieces the size of a pea.
- Stop eating when you’re no longer hungry
- Set aside 20 to 30 minutes to eat each meal.
The feeling of fullness may be different when you have a Lap-Band. The focus should be to eat till you are no longer hungry. You will need to learn to recognize the signal to stop eating. These may include:
- Pain in your shoulder or upper chest.
- A feeling of pressure or fullness in the center of your chest under your sternum.
It is important to make changes in your eating
patterns in order to produce the desired weight loss and also to prevent pain and vomiting. Inappropriate eating habits can lead to obstruction of the stoma (the opening for foods leaving the upper stomach) which can cause vomiting which can cause a complication known as a slip or gastric prolapse. Care needs to be taken to avoid vomiting whenever possible. Causes of vomiting include:
- Eating too fast.
- Not chewing food thoroughly
- Drinking liquids right after eating
- Lying down after a meal.
- Eating food that don’t agree with you.
Guidelines to help you succeed
The LAP-BAND System is designed to help you control your apetite. Some will experience a dramatic change in eating habits. There are a few guidelines that can help you better succeed on your journey to a healthier you!
Eat three small meals a day
The Lap-Band System creates a small stomach that can only hold a certain amount of food. If you try to eat more than it will hold discomfort and/or vomiting will occur. Repetitive vomiting will contribute to complications such as “slippage” where some of the stomach slides up above the band causing heartburn and blockage. Treatment may require an operation to revise the position of the Lap-Band. It is important to learn how much your stomach can hold comfortably and then not exceed this amount.
Eat slowly and thoroughly
Food can only pass through the narrowed area in the stomach if it has been “chopped” into very small pieces. That is why you have to chew very well and plan to take more time to eat meals.
Stop eating as soon as you feel full
Once the upper pouch above the band starts to stretch from food, the brain receives a signal that enough has been eaten. In other words, you have a feeling of satiety (fullness). But it takes a little while to become aware of these signals, so you may eat more than is good for you. This can lead to nausea and vomiting. Take your time over your meal and try to recognize the feeling of fullness in yourself. Then stop eating immediately.
Don’t eat between meals
After you have had a meal, don’t eat anything until the next meal. Eating snacks in between meals lessens successful weight loss. It is extremely important to follow this principle. Until your band is properly adjusted you may get hungry between meals. It is better to eat a nutritious snack than to increase your portion size at your meals. Eventually, as the band gets tighter you will lose your desire to snack.
Eat healthy, nutritious, and fresh food
Foods high in protein and vitamins, such as fresh vegetables, fruit, meat and cereals is recommended. Avoid foods high in fat and sugar. Eating small meals requires careful food choices to take in enough vitamins,minerals, and protein. (Consider proteins, vegetables and carbohydrates in that order.) Fruit is good to eat but avoid juices.
Most of our patients take a vitamin supplement and a calcium supplement as well as some extra form of fiber. Note: Solid food is more important than liquid food. Liquids are transported directly through the band and do not make you feel full.
Avoid chunks of fibrous food
Food that is stringy or fibrous such as asparagus, celery, pineapple, and shredded meats might block the narrow opening of the band. It is difficult to sufficiently chew this food into small enough pieces to pass through. Almost all food that is cut into tiny pieces and chewed well can be eaten.
Drink enough during the day
Water is required to breakdown fat. That is why you need to drink enough fluids each day. Remember, only water, tea, or coffee (without milk/cream and sugar) or diet, non-carbonated drinks are allowed! You have to keep the food and drinks completely separated during the day. Consider drinking 1-2 cups of water before starting each meal.
Exercise 30 to 60 minutes a day. This rule is just as important as the rules for dieting. In addition to a good low-calorie diet, physical exercise, which consumes energy and , thus, calories, has been shown to be very important to successful weight loss. Physical exercise can also help you to improve your general health. Excess weight makes it challenging to exercise as much as you should, but usually the more weight you lose, the easier it gets. Start with simple exercise such as walking or swimming, and gradually increase your program to include more intensive forms of exercise such as cycling, jogging and aerobics. Important: you should always check with your primary care physician regarding the amount and type of exercise you do.