Weight Loss Surgery
Preparing for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery can be stressful. Here are some handy tips as well as descriptions of what the gastric sleeve surgery day will be like.
Before Weight Loss Surgery
If you are a smoker and about to be receiving or undergoing lap band, gastric bypass, or gastric sleeve surgery you must cease all smoking related activity at least one month prior and after surgery.
Failure to not quit smoking could result in a higher risk of infection, blood clots, slower healing, pneumonia, and other serious life threatening complications post surgery.
It is highly recommended that smoking be quit as a long term habit. According to a recent Surgeon General report there are 7,000 chemicals inhaled with each puff 69 of which are known to cause cancer. With the mounting evidence presented against smoking it is strongly recommended to quit for good.
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What to Expect on Surgery Day?
Usually after a weight loss surgery procedure you can be expected to stay in the hospital for one to three days depending on your recovery.
Operating time by a Center of Excellence surgeon typically can be 45 minutes to three hours. On the first day of the procedure patients will only be allowed small sips of water or tea. After surgery hospitals usually allow patients to drink water or tea in regular quantities, with soup for dinner. On the third day patients will then be allowed to eat solid food which usually consists of mashed potatoes or other easily digestible foods. With compliance of dietary requirements most patients should be allowed to eat regular portions that fit their new stomach.
Returning to to normal activities can occur roughly two weeks after surgery with a complete recovery typically occurring three weeks after surgery.
What Should I Expect?
After surgery it is recommended that post surgically patients eat slowly and chew thoroughly as their stomach is now much smaller. Other recommendations would be to begin a regular exercise regimen and eat healthy.
After the healing process has occurred along with 100% dietary compliance a patient can now eat with nearly no food restrictions, with the only change being smaller food portions.
To put that in perspective we could look at the number of calories recommended for a semi active lifestyle which is 2,000 per day, in contrast a sleeve patient would consume 1,200 per day roughly 40% fewer calories per day than recommended. This allows patients to maintain a health lifestyle allowing for continued weight loss success.
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Any information listed in this piece is not intended to be understood as clinical advice and it is highly recommended to seek the advice of a trained physician on this matter, matters related, and emergencies. If you are currently in need of emergency medical assistance please call 911.