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Life after bariatric surgery can be exciting as you make changes to steer you towards a healthier life. It’s important to know what to expect after weight-loss surgery so that you can prepare for what lies ahead.  Learn how to deal with risks and complications following surgery, how to plan meals, and how to plan for pregnancy. 

Lack of energy after WLS

Lack of energy after WLS

Some patients may experience severe fatigue several weeks or even months after banding. A feeling of overwhelming fatigue could be due to various vitamin deficiencies. Make sure you are getting sufficient protein, taking your vitamins, and drinking plenty of water.

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LAP-BAND surgery: Bending the rules

Lap-Band patients often wonder how strictly they need to adhere to their doctor's instructions following surgery. Is some leeway allowed? Can you bend the rules and still successfully lose weight with the Lap-Band system, or will it work only with strict adherence to diet and exercise guidelines?

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LAP-BAND and alcohol: Can you drink after LAP-BAND surgery?

You may have heard conflicting information about your ability to drink alcohol after Lap-Band surgery, or even horror stories about WLS surgery patients who have had a dangerously high blood alcohol content after just one drink.

Some doctors may warn you that you can never drink alcohol again - ever - after being banded, because of the risk of damaging your liver. Others say that it's fine to begin drinking moderately six months after surgery, but to exercise caution. So why the difference in opinion?

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LAP-BAND and pregnancy

LAP-BAND and pregnancy

Many women find the Lap-Band to be an effective solution for helping them achieve a healthy weight before becoming pregnant. Obesity can cause hormone imbalances that can lead to irregular periods and make conception difficult.

The Lap-Band is safe for pregnancy, but doctors agree that you should wait at least 12 months following surgery to avoid weight-related health complications during pregnancy.

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LAP-BAND slippage

LAP-BAND slippage

Band slippage is one possible risk involved in Lap-Band surgery. According to Allergen, the makers of the Lap-Band system, approximately 24 percent of Lap-Band patients will experience band slippage at some point. Slippage occurs when the band slides further down the stomach, causing the upper pouch to become bigger and the band to become tighter. Though some patients who experience slippage may not notice any symptoms, for others, slippage can be a painful and dangerous condition. Learning the risk factors for slippage and familiarizing yourself with its symptoms can help you avoid and identify this condition.

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