Hi Rae, I was banded 10 days ago - it's interesting times ahead for you :)
*I had four nicks and one 3cm cut on my abdomen - each requiring stitches and dressing but the the stitches were removed before I came home.
*Expect fluids on the first day and mush for however long after that.
*You may get a blood thinner jab in your thigh each day you are in hospital ( I politely declined their offer of a third needle!).
*Getting in and out of bed is awkward - just take it easy.
*I stayed three days (2 nights)
*I had a drip on day one (with liquid panadol in it as well ) and could drink as I wished. Pain killers are available.
*I wore typical loose type clothes.
*Hospital gown and knickers in surgery ( the nurses said no knickers but I asked the surgeon and said it was fine)
*When you get out, it's pretty much business as usual. I drove on the day I was released - more out of necessity than choice but it's no biggy.
*Gas from surgery may be circulating around your body and causing stitch like aches, often in your shoulders but for me it was / is my back and diaphragm. It literally is the residual gas from surgery (they pump you up to make room but can't get it all when they suck it back out) - it rises and presses on your diaphragm which irritates nerves.
*Icecream although mushy, is high in calories so diet jelly, yoghurt or custard makes better sense. I also bought baby foods which come in handy.
*I have only been banded for 10 days so I can't say what happens next, but at this point I can eat solid foods (smaller portions and chew well). I am not recommending it - just saying that it's possible.
* You probably won't have much, if any saline in your band because the initial stage is about healing. Don't worry though, you will still feel different and even if you want too, you won't be able to eat like you did before.
* During the recovery phase (and after too!) you need to use common sense because the band will restrict your portion sizes but not your choice of food. If you want to eat high calorie crap you still can (chocolate is entirely possible, trust me!) - but it is unlikely you will want to eat much of it - considering what you will have just been through to get the lap band started :)!!!
The first week of recovery (for me at least) has been both moderately uncomfortable and a steep learning curve, but I am sure that is normal. You will be ok and you will loose weight.
Best wishes x