If I my getting a Tummy tuck and have a gastric band, do I have to get the fill in my band empty?
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Lap band and tummy tuck
Gastric band emptying and TT
Tummy tuck/abdominoplasty with lap band.
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-Your abdomen will be tighter after surgery and this can increase the feeling of fullness and restriction from your band. If you are currently "tight" or have any history of getting things like bread or meat "stuck" then I suggest emptying the band.
-You may develop nausea or vomiting after surgery from the anesthesia or pain meds. This can be a problem and cause swelling of the stomach around the band. I have seen this issue several times and it can take a while to settle down.
-You will need increased calories after surgery to promote healing, especially if you are considering a more extensive procedure. A tight band can interfere with you getting your nutrition in, plus the meds you will be taking.
-Interestingly, when I have emptied bands there is often less fill than the bariatric surgeon or patient believed. Probably because of slow leakage of saline or a "miss" during the fill procedure. Unfill gets you a chance to reset your adjustments.
Tummy tuck is also a chance to reseat the port, as it often becomes loose after weight loss.
Tummy tuck and gastric band
You should not need to deflate or empty the band prior to tummy tuck. However, depending on the tightness of your band, you will get full faster after surgery.
Best wishes with your tummy tuck.
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