What happens after your gastric band surgery will depend on how well you stick to your diet, but if you follow your doctor’s advice you can expect to see some big improvements. The changes you make to your diet and lifestyle after having the gastric band fitted should have a significant impact on your health and well-being. The band should make it easier for you to follow these recommendations so you should soon begin to see results.
1. Weight Loss: If you follow your weight loss plan, you can expect to lose up to 50% of your excess weight within two years. You will be given personalized advice on diet and weight loss before the procedure to help you to achieve this. The aim will be to lose weight gradually by making long-term changes to your diet and lifestyle. You should be able to lose about 35% of your excess weight in the first six months. You will lose weight more slowly after that, but you should continue making progress.
2. Health: If you suffer from any conditions linked to obesity, you should begin to see an improvement soon after the gastric band surgery. Losing weight and improving your diet can help to lower your cholesterol, reduce the effects of type 2 diabetes, and provide relief from gastro-oesophageal reflux disease and obstructive sleep apnoea. Your symptoms will continue to improve as you lose more weight, and you may find that some of your health problems go away completely.
3. Quality of Life: Losing weight and improving your health can have a significant impact on your quality of life. You may feel more confident about your appearance. You could also regain a sense of control once you see what you are able to achieve. You should also find that you feel fitter as you lose weight, which should make everyday activities and exercise much more enjoyable. It will be easier for you to move around, to get out and enjoy yourself, or simply to relax without any of the aches and pains that come with excess weight