As with any surgery, sleep is incredibly important to your recovery after Lap-Band® procedure. Sleep is about more than just getting a good night’s rest. Not only does proper rest boost energy levels, but it also improves your body’s ability to heal itself and strengthens your immune system. A faster recovery post-surgery means you can get moving sooner and start your journey toward a healthier lifestyle.
How the Lap-Band Procedure Speeds Recovery
Like other bariatric procedures, the Lap-Band surgery is performed laparoscopically. The minimally invasive surgery leaves only a few small incisions, which also makes for a faster recovery and minimal scarring.
However, unlike other bariatric surgeries, the Lap-Band does not require any cutting or rerouting of your stomach or digestive system. Because there is no partial amputation during the surgery, Lap-Band patients typically have a very short outpatient hospital stay. Most Lap-Band patients are able to return home on the same day as their procedure .
Sleeping at Home After Lap-Band Surgery: Tips for Restful Sleep
Because of discomfort around your incision sites, sleeping on your stomach may be uncomfortable. We recommend sleeping on your back or on your side with a pillow between your knees. Some patients find it more comfortable to sleep slightly reclined in a comfortable chair or couch. Others find surgery pillows to be helpful to keep their body supported and relaxed.
Difficulty Falling or Staying Asleep
If you’re struggling to sleep after Lap-Band surgery, do not take any over-the-counter sleep medication, as they could interact with your prescribed pain meds. Even if you’re not taking pain medication, always talk to your doctor before adding more medication to your sleep routine.
If you continue to struggle with falling and staying asleep, try adjusting your environmental factors in your room, like lowering the temperature or adding white noise. You may also find sleep breathing exercises or meditation useful.
Control Your Naps
Everyone loves a good nap, but sleeping too much in the middle of the day can prevent you from getting quality sleep when it’s actually time for bed. Research has shown the ideal nap is 10–20 minutes long—just enough to recharge your energy levels.
Sleep is an essential part of your recovery after Lap-Band surgery. Most patients return to work within a week and are fully healed within two, but poor sleep quality could lengthen your recovery.
At Lap-Band Indiana, we aim to support our bariatric patients in any way possible. If you are struggling with your weight and diet and exercise have not worked for you, the Lap-Band may be the weight-loss solution you’re looking for. Learn more about the Lap-Band Program on our website or register for our free online seminar.