Knowing what to expect can help you prepare for optimal recovery and exceptional results.
OCC Is Here To Guide You
If you're considering gastric sleeve surgery, recovery time is one of the most critical factors. While the recovery time can vary from person to person, most patients require several months to adapt after a sleeve gastrectomy. At Obesity Control Center (OCC), our nutritionist will prescribe a nutritional regimen that is easy to follow and will allow you to move up to the next stage of your recovery gradually.
Short-Term Recovery Process
The short-term recovery process typically lasts for about two to four weeks. During this time, you must make some physical and dietary adjustments to ensure a smooth recovery.
After surgery, you will experience some physical changes, including pain, swelling, and bruising around the incision site. You may also experience fatigue, nausea, and discomfort. These symptoms are typical and are part of the healing process.
To manage your pain and discomfort, your surgeon may prescribe pain medication. It is important to take the medication as directed and to avoid overexerting yourself. You should also avoid lifting heavy objects and engaging in strenuous physical activity for at least two weeks after surgery.
Your diet must be adjusted after surgery to ensure proper healing and prevent complications. For example:
- In the first few days after surgery, you will be on a liquid diet. This will gradually progress to pureed foods and then to soft foods. You should avoid solid foods for at least two weeks after surgery.
- It is essential to stay hydrated during your recovery period. You should drink plenty of water and other fluids, such as broth and sugar-free drinks. You should also avoid carbonated beverages and sugary drinks.
- Your OCC team may recommend a vitamin and mineral supplement to ensure you get all the necessary nutrients. You should also avoid alcohol and tobacco during your recovery period.
Long-Term Recovery and Lifestyle Changes
After the initial recovery period, it is vital to maintain a healthy lifestyle to ensure successful weight loss and avoid any complications. Here are some tips for long-term recovery and lifestyle changes.
Regular exercise is essential for maintaining weight loss and improving overall health. It can also help prevent complications such as blood clots and pneumonia. You should aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week. Some examples include the following:
Following a healthy diet is just as crucial for long-term success after gastric sleeve surgery. Your OCC doctor and dietitian will provide you with specific guidelines, but here are some general tips:
- Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day
- Focus on protein-rich foods such as lean meats, fish, and tofu
- Avoid high-calorie, high-fat, and high-sugar foods
- Drink plenty of water and avoid sugary drinks
- Take vitamin and mineral supplements as prescribed by your doctor
The Importance of Follow-Up Care
After undergoing gastric sleeve surgery, it is important to schedule follow-up appointments with your OCC surgeon to ensure that your recovery is progressing as it should. These appointments are crucial to monitor your weight loss progress, address any complications or concerns, and adjust your diet and exercise plan as needed.
During follow-up appointments, we may perform tests to monitor your health and progress, such as blood work or imaging tests. We will also evaluate your weight loss progress and guide you on how to continue losing weight at a healthy rate.
Dr. Ortiz or Dr. Martinez may recommend working with our certified nutritionist to create a personalized meal plan that meets your nutritional needs and supports your weight loss goals. They may also suggest that you work with a physical therapist to develop a safe and effective exercise plan for your current fitness level.
Attending all your follow-up appointments and adhering to your surgeon's recommendations are essential to ensure the best possible outcome from your gastric sleeve surgery. By following our guidance and making healthy lifestyle choices, you can achieve successful weight loss and improve your overall health and well-being.
Why Choose Obesity Control Center?
If you or someone you know is considering weight loss surgery, choosing a facility that prioritizes safety and innovation is important. At OCC, we have over three decades of experience providing specialized care to weight loss surgery patients. Our founder, Dr. Ortiz, has even patented several groundbreaking procedures.
We're proud to offer our patients access to our exclusive Patient Education & Tracking program, which includes informative videos and personalized support for up to five years after surgery. Book a consultation with us today if you're ready to take the first step towards a healthier life.