Everyone is different with their recovery however Gastric Band recovery time tends to be less than with some of the other Bariatric Surgeries. Every provider will have their own guidelines on how to best recover but these can be used as a general guide:


  • Expect to stay overnight in hospital – sometimes on occasions if you live near you can come in as a day case but that isn’t usually the case
  • Do nothing too strenuous for at least 2 weeks after surgery
  • You can have a bath or swim once you are scab free – run your finger over the scars and they should feel smooth
  • Flying is fine with the Band – you can fly home if you need to but refrain from drinking (or eating) on the plane whilst everything is healing. Your provider will have their own guidelines
  • Ensure you have nourishing liquids after your surgery – ones that contain protein ( more ideas in the Trial/ Members area)
  • Painkillers should be soluble – paracetamol or co – codamol
  • Make sure you drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated – urine colour should be pale and straw coloured
  • Observe for any signs of infection and call your provider if you are worried – high temp, oozing or seeping of wound, redness or heat at wounds, any additional swelling
  • Pain or discomfort on drinking – sip slowly and have a rest between each sip and if there is still discomfort then call your aftercare team

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