Gastric Sleeve Surgery Recovery and DietClinic 360
About Gastric Sleeve Surgery Recovery and Diet
In a nutshell, patients can expect the following:
- Surgery Length: 1 – 1.5 hours
- 1 Overnight Stay at Clinic 360
- 10-14 Days OFF From Work
- Light Walking: 1 – 4 Weeks
- Light Aerobic Activities: 4 Weeks – 6 Months
- Soft, Pureed Food: 4 – 8 Weeks
- Full Recovery: 6 Weeks
- Expected Weight Loss: 12 – 18 Months
Time Line of Gastric Sleeve Recovery
Pain: moderate, with IV administration of pain medication
Diet: strictly ice chips every couple of hours
Activity: short walks every couple of hours
Pain: a bit more intense, oral prescribed medication to ease pain
Diet: clear fluids only
Activity: short walks
Diet: full liquids
Activity: longer and more frequent walks, can climb stairs with breaks
Diet: pureed foods
Activity: longer and more frequent walks
Diet: selected soft & solid foods
Activity: low impact aerobic exercise
Diet: solid foods
Activity: more rigorous exercise, weights after 6 months
Gastric Sleeve Diet
2 Weeks Before Surgery
First Couple Days After Surgery
First Week After Surgery
Weeks 2 – 3 After Surgery
It’s very important to stick to the diet that your dietitian prescribes – this can be tough but absolutely necessary. Eating solids such as nuts or fibrous vegetables could cause your staple line to rupture and you could leak. A leak is life-threatening. The good news is that you’ve already lost weight. And this should encourage you to stick to your new diet.
Weeks 4 – 6 After Surgery
Weeks 7 – 8 and Onwards
For full diet plans, you will need to seek the advice of your nutritionist and surgeon, as this is only a guideline.
Weight Loss After Gastric Sleeve
Since a large portion of your stomach is removed, you will see dramatic weight loss right after surgery. This however will plateau in a few months, and you will need to take an active step in changing your lifestyle habits to ensure that gastric sleeve surgery will be a success in keeping you healthy and happy.
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Post Bariatric Body Contouring Surgeries
Also referred to as a tummy tuck this is when loose skin and fat are removed, while tightening the underlying abdominal muscles. A scar will remain along the bikini line, however a flatter more contoured midsection is the result.
Also referred to as an arm lift, excess skin and tissue along the underside of the arm is removed. A scar will remain from the elbow upwards to armpit. The result is slimmer upper arms.
- Thigh Lift
Referred also as thighplasty, loose tissues, including the skin is excised to provide patients with slender thighs.
- Breast Lift
Weight loss can cause the breasts to decrease in cup size and sag down. A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, will remove the excess skin, and tighten the breasts up to a more a suitable position.
Risks & Complications Associated with Gastric Sleeve
- Staple Line Leaks
This is a leak in the staple line (where the stomach was removed from). Studies have shown it can occur about 1-3% of the time. If it does occur, your surgeon may have to repair the leak laparoscopically.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
DVT can occur after almost any type of surgery. They have an occurrence rate of less than 1%, however they can be fatal. This is why it is important to follow your surgeons’ instructions and to get up out of bed and move every so often. Surgical removal of the clot, or medication to dissolve the clot, may be your surgeons choice of action.
Infections at the incision site can occur with any surgery. The incident rate with bariatric surgery is 10-15%. Antibiotics are usually given as treatment, however the severity can depend on the type of bacteria found in the wound.
Long Term Complications, those that can occur after 30 days include gallstone formation, GERD (heartburn), stenosis, and stomach obstruction.
- Emotional Changes
Throughout the course of the next year to year and half, you will not only go through many physical changes, but you will experience emotional and psychological changes as well. It will be hard at first to adapt to a new lifestyle. You may experience some isolation from having to stick to a very strict diet, especially when you are attending social events. You may also feel a disconnect from your body, as it takes time to adjust to your new size, but eventually you will grow to be happy with the healthier version of yourself.
You may also feel the need to fill a lost addiction (that being with food) to another type such as drugs or alcohol. Being aware of this can help you prepare and attack any future addiction problems.
As mentioned earlier most patients do reach a weight-loss plateau, and it can be very discouraging to stick to the diet and exercise regime when you aren’t seeing results. There are many tips that your nutritionist can provide you in overcoming this.
If you do feel that you may be developing a form of depression, we do advise you seek help. Do not feel embarrassed of feeling sad or disappointed, these are all normal and predicted emotions that can come with gastric sleeve recovery. Having supporting and loving friends and family can help you get through the ups and downs you will experience, and help keep you on track.