LAP-BAND® System surgery is a treatment alternative for patients suffering from morbid obesity. This innovative and minimally-invasive method uses laparoscopic techniques to constrict the stomach and limit the amount of food eaten, resulting in 60 % excess weight loss when combined with appropriate diet and lifestyle modifications. Experienced in the LAP-BAND® procedure, Dr. Barnes is a bariatric surgeon who provides individuals in the Dallas / Fort Worth,  Texas areas with high-quality bariatric solutions at his state-of-the-art  practice. His advanced treatments, combined with a comprehensive weight loss program that includes counseling and educational seminars, transform the lives of many patients.

  • Weight Loss after Surgery
  • Lifestyle Changes Recommended by Our LAP-BAND® System Surgeon
  • Post-surgical Counseling

After Lap-Band Weight Loss after Surgery

Weight loss is the most evident benefit of LAP-BAND® System surgery. After the LAP-BAND® procedure, patients  achieve a slow and steady loss of one to two pounds per week, often up to about 60% of excess weight over the first three years. Although weight loss does not occur as quickly with the LAP-BAND® System as compared to Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, lap band surgery is a good choice for patients with less weight to lose and without life-threatening co-morbid conditions.

Successful weight loss is dependent on the patient’s willingness to make the necessary lifestyle changes, including diet modification and exercise.. Because the lap band will need to be adjusted, it is important that individuals keep all follow-up appointments to have their LAP-BAND® Gastric Band adjusted regularly by our surgeon. Appropriate follow-up care, along with the patient’s best efforts, will maximize the opportunity for optimal results.

Lifestyle Changes Recommended by Our LAP-BAND® System Surgeon

The LAP-BAND® System, performed by Dr. Gregory Barnes, can be a big jump start toward a healthier life. It is up to you, however, to make the necessary changes to promote a positive outcome. The LAP-BAND® System allows for more flexibility in diet than gastric bypass surgery, making the particular diet and lifestyle choices made by you critical to weight loss success.

Because the stomach can hold less food after surgery than before, you must limit the amount and type of foods eaten. Some foods that were tolerated before surgery, such as those rich in carbohydrates, may now cause pain or discomfort because many of these types of foods expand after consumption. Because of this, you should strictly adhere to the dietary guidelines given to them by Dr. Barnes or the Dietician. These guidelines include:

  • Eat food in small portions.

    Because the stomach is not able to hold as much food as it used to, LAP-BAND® patients are advised by our Surgeon and Nutritionist to eat small portions to prevent unnecessary pain or discomfort.

  • Drink plenty of liquids.

    Patients are advised to drink at least 32 ounces of water daily. All liquids consumed should be NON-CARBONATED and SUGAR-FREE.

  • Consume foods and liquids slowly.

    Food should be chewed to a pureed consistency before it is swallowed. Food that is not chewed thoroughly may create an uncomfortable feeling as it passes through the stomach.  Similarly, all drinks should be sipped and not gulped.

  • Do not eat and drink at the same time.

    Wait 30 minutes before and after eating to drink. Following this recommendation can help promote weight loss as food is not flushed through your stomach, quickly creating space for more.

  • Avoid certain foods.

    After LAP-BAND® System surgery, patients should avoid foods that are high in calories, fat, starches, and sugar. Eat protein first. Patients should also avoid carbonated beverages. Some fibrous vegetables may not be tolerated.

  • Do not snack between meals.

    LAP-BAND® System patients should eat three balanced meals a day and refrain from snacking.   Patients who snack excessively after lap band significantly impair their weight loss. Note that patients usually do not feel hungry between meals if their gastric band is adjusted properly. Desire to snack and “graze” is usually attributable to emotional eating.

These are only a few of the diet and lifestyle changes that must be made to ensure the most successful surgical results. For more information about necessary lifestyle changes recommended after LAP-BAND® System surgery by our surgeon and nutrition staff, please visit our frequently asked questions section.

Nutrition Education

Nutrition classes are provided by Texas Surgical Services before surgery, 2 weeks after surgery, 6 months after surgery and yearly or as often as the patient desires or the clinical staff determines appropriate . Metabolic testing is also available for nutrition evaluation to tailor a diet just for you.

Post-surgical Counseling

LAP-BAND® surgery is a serious operation that involves significant lifestyle change. Patients are encouraged to enlist the help and support of their family members, friends, and even professionals to help them cope with all the changes. As part of the weight loss program, patients have the opportunity to take advantage of psychological counseling  to help with behavior modification and general adjustment after the procedure. Studies show that bariatric patients who participate in support programs have a more successful and positive surgical outcome than those who do not. Please contact Dr. Barnes to learn more about our counseling program.

Schedule a LAP-BAND® System Consultation with an Experienced Surgeon

At the office of Gregory Barnes, MD, we pride ourselves in offering effective bariatric procedures to help individuals with morbid obesity lose weight and live healthier lives. To schedule an initial consultation for the LAP-BAND® System procedure with our experienced surgeon, please contact our practice, serving the Dallas / Fort Worth Texas areas. We offer a variety of financing options to help fund your life-changing procedure.