Changes to Your Diet After a LAP-Band Operation
Strict dietary changes are one of the most important parts of the recovery process following LAP-Band surgery. Patients will start with a diet of clear liquids, slowly introducing soft foods and solids over the course of a month or so. This will help your body adjust to the changes in stomach size.
While there is a little variation in the post-surgical diet, many LAP-Band patients can expect the following timeline and guidelines during the first month:
- Phase One – Only clear liquids
- Phase Two – Creamy and pureed foods
- Phase Three – Soft foods that have been carefully prepared
- Phase Four – Solid foods slowly brought back into the diet
- Phase Five – Begin to slowly start experimenting with different foods
The phases tend to correspond with the number of weeks after the operation. Some foods, such as steak, are more difficult to digest and may take longer for you to tolerate. They may cause pain, nausea or vomiting. Add foods slowly and if you can’t tolerate a food, try again in several weeks. Dairy foods may give you cramps, bloating or diarrhea, so be careful when introducing them. Be aware of how your body reacts every time you introduce a new food.