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Recovering from Bariatric Surgery

Recovering from Bariatric Surgery

What to Expect After Weight Loss Surgery

If you are considering bariatric surgery, you might have questions about what it entails and what the recovery process is like. This blog post will provide you with information on what to expect in the days, weeks, and months following your surgery, plus a general overview of the procedure itself and a list of tips to help make the operation a success.

What is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery is a weight loss procedure that involves making changes to the stomach or the intestines. The surgery helps people lose weight by reducing the amount of food they can eat and for some operations it affects absorption of calories.

There are several different types of bariatric surgery, but the most common procedures are gastric bypass surgery and gastric sleeve surgery.

What is the Recovery Process Like?

Most people stay one night in the hospital after bariatric surgery. This is monitored closely after surgery and controls nausea if you have any. You should be walking and taking sips the day of surgery. You will start your full liquid diet the day after surgery.

Once discharged from the hospital, you will need to take it easy for at least two weeks. This means no driving, no heavy lifting, and no strenuous activity. You will also need to follow a special diet during this time, which your doctor or nutritionist can help you create.

After two weeks, you can slowly start to increase your activity level and return to your daily routine. However, it is crucial to listen to your body and not push yourself too hard. You will also need to continue following a special diet for several months after surgery and take vitamins and minerals supplements daily.

Post-Bariatric Surgery Tips

Here are a few tips to help you in the weeks and months following your surgery:

  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, to stay hydrated.
  • Eat small meals frequently throughout the day, and chew your food slowly and thoroughly.
  • Avoid high-fat, high-sugar, and high-calorie foods.
  • Exercise regularly to help with weight loss and to improve your overall health.
  • Follow up with your doctor regularly to monitor your progress.

If you are considering bariatric surgery, talk to your doctor about what to expect and how to prepare for the procedure and recovery process. With proper planning and support, you can succeed in your weight loss journey.

Weight Loss Surgery Center in Jackson, WY

If you are considering weight loss surgery, our team at St. John's Health in Jackson, Wyoming, can help. We offer various surgical and non-surgical options, and our experienced team will work with you to determine the best course of treatment for your individual needs. Contact us today to learn more.