The Lap Band gets its name from “laparoscopic surgery.” Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive technique whereby small incision are made to introduce a camera into the abdomen, rather than a large cut. Several small incision are made to introduce ports through which the surgeon introduces small instruments to do the surgery with. The ports are generally about as big around as a pencil. The smaller incisions mean less pain and less time spent recovering from the surgery.
In most instances a person spends less than an hour under anesthesia for the entire gastric band surgery. They less time you spend under anesthesia is often better for a quick recovery with less drowsiness.
Ambulatory day surgery
In most situations, the Lap Band surgery is “day surgery”, meaning you will go home the same day as your surgery. You often leave the hospital or surgery center about 2 hours after your surgery. By getting home quickly you can get back into your daily routine more quickly.
Return to activities
Your lap band surgeon will want you to begin to start walking immediately after surgery. Most doctors will ask you to not strain excessively and not to lift more than 20 pounds for the first 2 weeks after surgery.
Return to work
If you do not have a physically strenuous job and do not do any heavy lifting, you can generally go back to work within a few days. Many patients report using pain medication for only one or two days after surgery so they are able to return to work without needing pain medication that can make you drowsy.