After sleeve bariatric surgery both weight loss and improved quality of life are within reach. However, patients will experience a number of things following surgery that anyone planning to have this procedure should know about.
Immediately Following Surgery
On the day the surgery is completed, patients are typically not likely to experience large amounts of pain. You also won’t eat anything immediately following surgery due to the fact that the stomach needs to heal. Activity-wise, you will be encouraged to get up and walk in order to reduce your pain, prevent blood clots, and improve your breathing.
Mentally and emotionally, you may be wondering whether you made the right decision to have the surgery. this is only short lived.
The Day After Surgery
You are still in the hospital, you will be expected to move from IV pain medication to orally administered medication. As well, you will likely be allowed to drink clear liquids, after a test is done on your stomach to verify all is OK. although you may not yet feel hungry.
Your surgeon will by now have recommended a diet for you—one that needs to be followed in order for healing to take place. Your family and friends may be visiting, but may not understand what you’re going through. Invite them, if you like, to participate in your surgeon and dietitian visits so they know how to help you.
Pain and Activity Expectations
The pain should lessen with each day. and most patient by the third or fourth day are off any pain medications. activity is increasing in the form of more walking and daily light activity, but no driving until cleared by the doctor.
Dietary and Activity Expectations
Your surgeon will have given you a prescribed diet for the days following your surgery. This diet should always be followed with no exceptions. Your surgeon will advise you as to when it’s time to move from one stage to the next. Following this diet is absolutely essential in order for complete healing to occur, and to prevent problems.
Your surgeon will also advise you as to the activities you can and cannot attempt at each stage of your recovery. This advice should also be followed very closely and without exception.
Patients who have had gastric sleeve surgery are at higher risk of dehydration. That being said, it’s important to avoid diuretic liquids and ensure you’re drinking enough fluids. Not doing so can send you back to the ER and hospital for hydration via IV.
The mental and emotional effects of gastric sleeve surgery may take some time to come to terms with. Talking to your surgeon or other medical personnel about any problems you may have dealing with this major life change can ensure you receive the help you need to reach your goal of a healthier lifestyle.
Sleeve gastrectomy surgery and other weight loss solutions are available from 1st Choice Weight Loss; call (281) 888-7767 for more information.
DISCLAIMER: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles, post, or video. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.