Gastric Sleeve Surgery, Walk to Recovery

Patients that resume walking as soon as possible after weight loss surgery have shown a much better recovery process the first day, than those who delay in doing so. Given the fact that walking helps patients eliminate the effects of the narcotics used in anesthesia, and also in eliminating the CO2 used for laparoscopic surgery, it is highly recommended that patients resume activities as soon as possible.

In an evaluation of our patients in post-operative care here at Obesity Control Center, I’ve noticed that the patients who quickly resume walking (during the first 2 hours post bariatric surgery), experience less pain in the upper part of their abdomen, feel less discomfort, less anxiety and have a better mind-set. Also, most of them experience a better good night sleep.

Patients who come for bariatric surgery here at Obesity Control Center are usually encouraged and assisted in walking during the first 2 hours, at least to the bathroom and back. Afterwards, patients walk at least 100 feet or more every hour, this allows the patient to reach better results in the immediate post-op period and have a more enjoyable experience. This is what makes us one of the leading choices for patients seeking weight loss surgery without the feeling of having gone thru surgery.


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OCC’s epidemiologist is closely monitoring the COVID-19 status and is actively issuing updates as they are available. The Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization are the most trusted sources online.  While the CDC has announced new mask protocols for vaccinated individuals, there will be no changes for our office protocols for patients, guests, and staff members as the announcement does not apply to hospitals or medical facilities. Masks are still a requirement for all patients, guests and staff at our facility.

As we reinitiate weight loss surgery, we are constantly adapting and installing new and updated safety measures.

Weight loss surgery is medically necessary.

Bariatric Surgery and the clash of two pandemics.   

Major metabolic and bariatric surgery Societies and colleges globally are now calling for the safe resumption of bariatric and metabolic surgery before the COVID-19 pandemic is declared over. 

The sooner bariatric surgery can be safely performed, the quicker obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other diseases can be reduced or resolved as they are not only chronic they are also progressive.  Obesity is also linked to more than 40 diseases including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and at least 13 different types of cancer.

A recent statement from the ASMBS says “Before COVID-19 began, it was clear that patients with obesity were ‘safer through surgery.’ In the era of COVID-19, ‘safer through surgery’ for patients with obesity may prove to be even more important than before.” Obesity and Metabolic syndrome have been identified as an independent risk factor for adverse outcomes including death among COVID-19 patients.

See here for full COVID-19 update. 

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