In general the Lap Band recovery time is minute. This is due to the rather small incision made in order to allow the laparoscope access to the abdominal cavity. Most patients will stay in the hospital for less than 24 hours but in many instances that stay is only a couple hours. To further show how the Lap Band recovery period is short, the average patient is able to return to a non strenuous work within a week but typically this is less than and usually allots to no more than 3 or 4 days of rest. Furthermore a Lap-Band patient will be able to return to normal exercise routines within a month or so depending on the time it takes for the incisions to fully heal. Remembering that the incisions are small and no major internal trauma occurs in association to the Lap-Band procedure means also that there are no internal parts that need to recover from the procedure.
With the Lap-Band procedure the average patient can expect to loose anywhere from 40% to 70% of your body weight although this number actually varies between patients and their ability to commit to their new diet routines. The important thing to remember is that in order to ensure success associated with the Lap-Band procedure that you have to be fully committed to the new diet plan and lifestyle changes that are necessary. During the first year alone the patient should expect between 2 and 3 pounds of weight loss per week with an average of about 1 pound per week after the first year.
As compared to the gastric bypass surgery, the Lap-Band procedure generally takes longer for the patient to loose the weight. With the absence of the pain and the fear of the dreaded dumping syndrome the more a patient is willing to commit the more they can loose and the faster. The important part is that with the Lap-Band procedure you have to be more committed to success than with a gastric bypass and you need to have your goals set as long term rather than 6 or 8 months down the road.