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What Should You Expect During Gastric Sleeve Plication Recovery?

By Jacqueline Osuna, MD on April 07, 2017

An overweight woman smilingGastric sleeve plication can help those who are morbidly obese achieve and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. If you're considering gastric sleeve plication, it's important to understand what to expect during the recovery process. During patient consultations, Dr. Jacqueline Osuna explains the details of gastric sleeve plication recovery. If you're looking for a gastric sleeve plication surgeon in Tijuana, MX or Guadalajara, MX, contact Dr. Osuna to schedule your personal consultation. In the meantime, read here to learn more about the general recovery process after gastric sleeve plication surgery.

What Is Gastric Sleeve Plication?

Gastric sleeve plication is a surgical procedure designed to help those who struggle with weight loss maintain a healthy weight and lower their risk of weight related issues, like Type 2 diabetes. Gastric sleeve plication, which is sometimes called laparoscopic greater curvature plication, physically reduces the size of the stomach by folding the stomach wall inward and suturing it in place. Gastric sleeve plication is performed laparoscopically to allow for a less invasive surgery with reduced recovery time. 

What to Expect during Recovery

Because gastric sleeve plication is performed laparoscopically, it is less invasive than other forms of bariatric surgery, allowing for a faster recovery with less associated risks. Following gastric sleeve plication, most patients will be recovered enough to return to their normal routines within two weeks. However, individual recovery times will vary based on personal healing response and how well post-operative instructions were followed.

Patients are generally required to stay in the hospital for a day or two after surgery to ensure the stomach is healing and functioning properly. During this time, it is common for patients to feel nauseous and experience some pain around the incision sites.

Eating during Recovery

One of the most important aspects of recovery after gastric sleeve plication is following a proper diet. During the first two weeks following surgery, patients are kept on a strict liquid diet. This helps reduce stress on the stomach during recovery and helps train the body to consume smaller amounts of food.

After two weeks, patients are generally given physician approval to introduce more substantial liquids into their diet, such as milk and fruit juice. Generally, around three weeks, pureed foods may be introduced with solid foods gradually being added.

By four weeks, most patients are able to eat all foods, including solids, in small amounts. Before introducing new foods into your diet, it is important to meet with your doctor to make sure your diet is appropriate for your phase of recovery.

When Will I See Results?

Weight loss results after gastric sleeve plication will vary by patient based on such factors as how well the post-operative diet is followed, personal metabolic rate, and activity level. With that said, weight loss after gastric sleeve plication is a gradual process that can take over a year and a half to see dramatic results.

Is Gastric Sleeve Plication Right for You?

For more information about gastric sleeve plication, or to find out if you're a candidate, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Osuna.

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