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Following surgery can be a difficult time because the band/balloon is completely new and there’s a lot to learn!  Here’s our guide to help you cope with the first few weeks and starting you on your new weight loss journey

So, your band/balloon journey is well under way by now – you will have probably thought about having one for awhile, researched it thoroughly then made the decision to go ahead. Before surgery you will most likely have followed some sort of pre op diet. So now the new part of your journey begins – getting used to the band/ballon and understanding how it all works.

For the first few weeks, the main focus isn’t actually on losing weight,  but is in fact about going through the early diet stages on your way to getting back onto a normal diet. If you have had a balloon, you will be back on textures much quicker than with a band and the balloon will be working straight from the off.  If you have had a band, this can take a number of adjustments before your in the green zone when your band is optimally adjusted. That means the level of fluid in it is right for you and it is controlling your portion sizes and hunger. This can actually take up to 6 months (on some occasions even longer)

If you have had a band, you may have lost weight on your pre – op diet which is great however don’t worry if you don’t lose much more weight over these early weeks following having your band fitted. Remember you won’t have the help of the band just yet so usually any weight loss now will be down to your own hard work. Sometimes your weight may go up a little – this can be due to you getting back onto normal foods after a very restricted pre – op diet. Also the glycogen levels in the liver will have depleted during the pre – op diet and once you get back onto normal eating the body will replenish these stores. However, everybody is different – in some cases the band may kick in quite early but if not please be patient

At some point in these 6 weeks you will likely have your first band adjustment and so your new weight loss journey begins properly.  Your balloon however will be inflated on insertion and won’t need any further filling.

Read more in this section about the important first few week for both Gastric Band and Balloon.

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