I understand it is a tool in a vast array of tools out there. On the other hand I think the mass marketing leads to misinformation. A good friend of mine was seriously interested in getting a Lap Band. That is until she actually went to all the meetings about the surgury, nutrition, the process and including a physiologist interview. She was shocked by a few revelations about the Lap Band so she changed her mind. The biggest shocker was they DO NOT remove the lap band unless medically necessary. That shocked me too. Here is a few other things I though were interesting.
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. You also can't chew gum.
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.No wonder people lose a ton of weight. Liquid diet to a food processor diet. No way, not for me.
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.