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The Gastric Band Procedure usually requires only a 24 hour hospital stay. The procedure itself takes approximately an hour to an hour and a half and results in very little post-operative pain. In fact, most patients who undergo the gastric band procedure do not need to take prescription pain medicine - Tylenol or Advil usually is enough.

The process begins with an informational seminar and a pre-operative visit with your surgeon. At the seminar, you will receive more information about the proces and have a chance to ask the surgeon any questions that you may have. The pre-operative visit is a one-on-one opportunity to meet with the doctor to review your medical history and again ask any questions that you may have.

The major determinant of the time until surgery can be scheduled is your method of payment. Most insurance companies require an extensive pre-operative evaluation before they will authorize Gastric Band Surgery. This evaluation frequently includes a medically supervised diet for 6-12 months, a cardiology evaluation and a psychiatric evaluation. The necessary steps vary from insurance to insurance and can only be determined by contacting your carrier directly.

Patients that elect the self payment option generally require less evaluation because their pre-operative workup is based only on medical needs, not insurance authorization. Any patient with a history of significant heart disease would clearly require a cardiology appointment before undergoing gastric band surgery, but those without any history of heart disease or any symtpoms of heart disease would not require this evaluation.

After your surgery is scheduled, you will be given instructions on a pre-operative diet. This diet is designed to shrink your liver to decrease the risks of this very safe surgery even further. The length and extent of the diet depends on your pre-operative weight.

All of our operations are performed at Harper Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, the state's busiest weight loss surgery center. We perform both gastric band and gastric bypass procedures every day, so you can rest assured that your surgeons are of the highest caliber. The complication rate at Harper Hospital is extremely low due to our high volume.

After the surgery, we recommend one week to recover. By the end of the week, you will be able to walk comfortably on a treadmill, perform light household chores and return to work. Your first band adjustment appointment is typically anywhere from 4-8 weeks after the operation. This provides an opportunity to review your diet and go over strategies of the successful lap-band patient. At each subsequent adjustment (usually a total of 4-8 post-operative adjustments is necessary), we will review your diet and your medical health and make any changes necessary to ensure your weight loss success.

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