Dr. Johnell shares if your appetite is likely to change after you undergo LAP-BAND® or REALIZE® Band bariatric surgery. Dr. Johnell is an advanced laparoscopic bariatric surgeon at the Banner North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colorado.
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Your Appetite After Adjustable Band Bariatric Surgery Patients commonly ask me, am I going to starve after surgery? Am I not going to be able to eat the things that I like to eat? Is my diet going to be radically changed? And my response is no. you're going to be able to eat normal food. You're going to be able to go to a restaurant and enjoy a meal with your family or your friends. And you're not going to be restricted to certain kinds of foods. What you will be restricted to is the quantity of the food that you're going to eat. You can still eat your favorite foods, but it’s just not going to be as much. The great thing is though that after eating a small amount of that food you enjoy, you’ll feel satisfied and you won't be hungry. And so over the course of the day, you’ll eat fewer calories and day by day and week by week those fewer calories will translate into weight loss. Initially after the lap band, the little pouch that’s created by the band is very small. It can hold about two ounces of food which is really a small amount, about the size of a small egg. However, as their operation matures and as their pouch becomes more used to handling foods most patients will be full after about a cup of food. And so a cup of their favorite food or a cup of or meal that is equal to about a size of a cup is going to be the average meal for a patient.

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