How to Achieve a Successful Gastric Bypass Recovery
Immediately following gastric bypass surgery, patients are encouraged to get plenty of rest and take short walks. This can increase blood flow and promote healing. Patients should also follow a strict diet, which is designed to help them transition to their new lifestyle and prevent surgical complications. Adhering to our post-surgical instructions is crucial to achieving a smooth gastric bypass recovery. Dr. Jacqueline Osuna provides one-on-one consultations at our Tijuana, Mexico, practice, during which she can answer any questions you may have or address concerns. It is our goal to ensure you feel fully prepared for surgery, so you can achieve your desired results.
How to Prepare for Surgery
In the weeks leading up to surgery, you will be required to abide by a strict, clear liquids-only diet. This can prepare you both mentally and physically for surgery, as well as help your digestive system transition to less quantities of food. We also recommend patients fill their pantry and refrigerator with the recommended foods and beverages so they are readily available.
During your pre-operative appointments, Dr. Osuna can also provide you with instructions regarding medications and foods to avoid throughout recovery. Adhering to these guidelines can limit your chance of developing complications and accelerate your recovery.
Immediately After Surgery
As gastric bypass is a complex bariatric surgery, you may be required to stay at the surgical facility for at least two to three nights. If you experience any soreness or pain at the incision sites, we can provide you with pain medication for your comfort. A few hours after your procedure, we encourage you to stand and walk around your room. Each day you will increase the length of your walks until Dr. Osuna is satisfied with your body's response to surgery. Before we release you to return home, Dr. Osuna can perform a “leak test.” You will be asked to drink a barium mixture, while she examines your stomach and intestines via x-ray for any signs of leaks or complications. If she does not detect any issues, you will be free to leave.
Once home, it is important to find a healthy balance between resting and increasing your walks each day. Both will help your body heal properly. You should also continue to stay hydrated, but refrain from using a straw to prevent air pockets from entering your stomach. You must also avoid lifting more than 15 pounds until cleared by Dr. Osuna. It is not uncommon to experience increased soreness and cramping as your body heals. You can continue to take pain medication as prescribed to minimize any discomfort.
For the first four to five weeks after surgery, you must follow a strict post-op diet. During the first week, you should consume only clear liquids. Over the next few weeks, you can add pureed foods, followed by soft foods, and then solid foods.
Adhering to our post-surgical instructions is crucial to achieving a smooth gastric bypass recovery.
Eating small portions and chewing your foods slowly will aid your body in digesting. You may find that eating smaller meals more frequently is more effective. We also recommend patients add only one new food each day. If you add new food too quickly, you can develop a serious condition known as dumping syndrome, which can cause abdominal cramping, diarrhea, vomiting, and increased heart rate.
Gastric bypass surgery should not be viewed as a way to lose weight without diet modification. Doing so could cause your stomach to stretch and lead to weight gain. Your long-term diet should consist of healthy proteins, fruits, and vegetables while limiting starches and carbohydrates.
Most patients can return to work and resume normal activity two weeks after surgery. However, you should avoid exercise and heavy lifting until directed by Dr. Osuna. She generally clears patients to enjoy full activity six weeks after surgery.
Schedule Your Consultation
To learn more about gastric bypass surgery and the recovery involved, contact our office today to schedule your consultation. Dr. Osuna and her team are dedicated to providing the highest quality care, while ensuring your comfort and safety.
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