GVS Experts Share What to Expect During Bariatric Surgery Recovery

At General and Vascular Surgery, our patients often ask us what they can expect during the bariatric surgery recovery process. When can daily routines be resumed? What activities should be avoided? And, how can they ensure positive outcomes from the procedure? These are some of the common questions patients would like answers to prior to having bariatric surgery.

At GVS, we offer patients personalized, compassionate care involving bariatric surgery and establishing weight loss goals. This includes answering questions and addressing any concerns that patients may have. 

What is the Typical Bariatric Surgery Recovery Time?

Roux-en-y gastric bypass recovery time varies from patient to patient, but initial healing usually takes place within a week or two. It’s important to understand that full recovery will take some time. As part of your recovery, your bariatric surgeon will establish a 12-week diet plan, which includes the following breakdown:

  • A tray is filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, juice, and a smoothieOne to Two Days Post Surgery. Abstinence from food while the stomach and digestive system heal.
  • Two Weeks Post Surgery. A liquid diet with the exception of caffeinated, carbonated, and alcoholic beverages.
  • Three Weeks Post Surgery. A diet consisting of pureed food. 
  • Four Weeks Post Surgery. A diet consisting of soft foods.
  • Ten Weeks Post Surgery. A return to regular foods, slowly introduced in small portions.

During the 12-week period, your GVS bariatric surgeon will work closely with you. Some diagnostic tests and additional exams may be ordered to help monitor your recovery. At GVS, treating the whole person is a priority. This means that our physicians will remain actively involved in your full physical and emotional recovery. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Bariatric Surgery Recovery

Take a look at some of the other frequently asked questions about recovery following a bariatric surgical procedure:

  • When can I return to work after bariatric surgery?

Often, patients are able to go back to work within one or two weeks following bariatric surgery. 

  • When can I exercise after gastric bypass?

Typically, your surgeon will recommend physical activity soon after your bariatric surgery. It’s best to begin slowly and then work your way toward higher-impact forms of exercise (after a month or two of recovery). 

  • After the initial 12-week diet plan, are there special dietary requirements that should be followed?

There will be changes to your diet both during and after a gastric bypass procedure. For example, your body will be much more sensitive to alcohol and sugar. You will feel the effects of both more acutely, despite consuming less. It will also be important to take a multivitamin for the remainder of your life. Additional vitamins and minerals may be prescribed by your physician as well. 

At GVS, your health and happiness are a priority. If you’d like to learn more about what to expect from bariatric surgery recovery, and how GVS offers comprehensive weight-loss support, set up a consultation for FREE! Or, call us any time with questions at 574-236-1888.

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