Be Prepared to Expect This After Gastric Sleeve Surgery


Gastric sleeve surgery is one of the popular bariatric surgeries nowadays. Many people choose sleeve surgery over gastric bypass surgery due to complications in extra weight and procedure. However, before choosing any type of weight loss surgery, you should realize that only going under surgery will not reduce your extra weight. The surgery is just an effective tool for your weight loss plan.

It is often seen that people tend to think more about what will happen during the surgery or how to prepare for the surgery. They hardly think of ‘what to do after the surgery?’ Whether or not the surgery gives successful result depends on how well you prepare yourself mentally and physically to lose weight after the surgery.

Immediately After the Surgery

Once your surgery is successful, you would be moved to the recovery room and may have to stay overnight or 1 to 3 days in the hospital or surgical center. You may have swollen and sore abdomen. The medical staff would provide you with necessary medications. Your condition is carefully monitored to observe any complications that may arise.

It is better to be aware of the various potential risks involved in gastric sleeve surgery. Some of them include –

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection
  • Clotting of blood
  • Adverse reactions to anesthesia
  • Respiratory issues
  • Spill from the stitched part of the stomach

Long term complications may include –

  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Hernias
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • Malnutrition
  • Vomiting

 Recovery Plan

Now you need a complete recovery plan not only for your immediate weight loss, but for maintaining that weight in a healthy way. The Bariatric Counseling Center of BMI of Texas offers psychological counseling services along with nutritional, clinical, and therapy sessions. Click on to this link  to learn more about them.

  • It may be difficult to manage the house for some time. Call any of your family, relatives or friends for help. You can also directly hire a professional help.
  • Strictly follow your diet plan as given by the doctor. You will drink sugarless and noncarbonated clear liquids immediately after the surgery. Then for one week you have to stay on liquid diet. After that you can slowly move on to soft and mashed food. Don’t take on solid food soon as it may lead to stomach ache, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Give yourself time to adjust with the body changes both psychological and physical.
  • Always maintain your diet plan be it immediately after the surgery or in the long run.
  • Take proper medications such as vitamins and supplements in prescribed interval.
  • Never forget to go for follow-up. Have regular medical check-up and psychological counseling if necessary.
  • Along with exercise manage your food and beverage intake with the help of a dietitian. You have to understand that after the surgery there may be many restrictions to calorie intake and the type of food you must eat. Therefore, seeking a professional help is always beneficial.

Follow these tips to recover after the surgery.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *