Weight loss surgery is a safe, effective option for patients who are looking to make permanent,
rapid changes. While these procedures typically have low rates of complication
and are relatively quick to recover from, surgery is still a medical procedure
and may require some special considerations. Learn what you need to know
about post-surgery recovery to help you have the most comfortable and
speedy recovery possible.
Manage Your Pain
After an operation, pain will be an important factor to manage during your
recovery. Some discomfort is to be expected, but you can take steps to
minimize the pain you experience. Be preemptive with your pain management.
Speak to your doctor about pain relief before the operation, and have
a plan in place for after the operation. Discuss medications and any side-effects.
If you have a preference for non-opioid medications, share this with your
doctor so they can prescribe medications appropriately.
Appropriate pain control can:
- Help you resume light activity more quickly
- Increase the speed of the recovery process
- Reduce the risk of complications such as infections and blood clots.
Learn about all the ways you can manage your pain, including medication
and alternative pain management methods such as meditation.
Eat and Drink During Your Recovery
Nausea, constipation, and lack of appetite are typical after a surgery
and food may not sound very appealing. It is critical for your recovery
to get adequate nutrition after a surgery to help your body heal. Even
if food isn’t appealing, you will need to eat. Your doctor can help
you find healthy, gentle options for you to eat once you are home from
Here are some tips to help you get the nutrition you need:
- Rather than full meals, eat small snacks every 1-2 hours.
- Anti-nausea medicine can help calm your stomach. Take it regularly, rather
than sporadically, for the best results.
- Avoid spicy, greasy, or strongly spiced foods. Bland is better when it
comes to post-surgery meals.
- Drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated. Ginger ale, water, tea, clear
juices, and sports drinks can help you stay comfortable.
- Fiber and probiotics will encourage your digestive tract to engage after
your surgery, and can help fight constipation.
- Vitamins or supplements can help you get the nutrition you need while your
diet normalizes and your body heals.
Don’t neglect your diet after surgery. Your body needs carbohydrates,
fats, protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals to recovery from your operation,
but a well-balanced diet can be difficult when your stomach is revolting.
Your doctor can advise you about nutritional options, including supplements
and meal replacement shakes.
Hydration is just as important as nutrition. Staying well-hydrated can:
- Help ease constipation
- Flush impurities and medication from the system
- Prevent dehydration symptoms, including disorientation.
- Maintain a steady blood pressure.
Try to Get Moving
Blood clots, or deep vein thrombosis, are a risk after surgery. Long periods
of lying in bed or sitting can cause these clots to form. Try to get up
and move around the house every few hours to encourage good circulation
and to prevent blood clots. This may be difficult to achieve immediately
after your surgery, but you should gradually introduce more and more activity
as you feel better.
Follow Your Doctor’s Orders
Your doctor is invested in your healthy recovery, and their instructions
are given for a reason. Closely follow your physician’s instructions,
even if you feel that you don’t need to or that the instructions
are too restrictive. If you don’t understand your doctor’s
instructions, consult them and ask for clarification. Typically, you will
be advised to rest for several days following your surgery. After that
time has passed, you should try to resume your regular routine, being
mindful of any restrictions your doctor has placed on you.
Learn more about our cutting-edge, highly-effective weight loss surgery
options, and find out if surgery is an option for you.
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