What is the Bariatric Surgery recovery process?

Most people typically stay in the hospital for a few days or less after gastric bypass surgery.
Some may need to stay four to five days. Your doctor will approve your discharge
home once the following is true for you:
You can move without too much discomfort.
You can eat liquid and/or puréed food without vomiting.
You no longer require pain medication given by injection.
You will remain on liquid or puréed food for several weeks after the surgery. Even after
that time, you will feel full very quickly, sometimes only being able to take a few bites of
solid food. This is because the new stomach pouch initially only holds a tablespoonful of
food. The pouch eventually expands. However, it will hold no more than about one cup
of thoroughly chewed food (a normal stomach can hold up to two to 3 cups).
Upon follow up, your doctor will determine if you need replacement of iron, calcium, vitamin
B12, or other nutrients. Supplements, such as a multivitamin with minerals, will be
prescribed to provide any nutrients that you may not be getting from your diet. A lack of
nutrients can occur because you are eating less and because the food moves through
your digestive system more quickly.
Other recommendations you should follow:
Once you are eating solid food, remember to chew each bite very slowly and thoroughly.
Eat small meals frequently throughout the day, rather than large meals that your
stomach cannot accommodate. Your new stomach probably won’t be able to handle
both solid food and fluids at the same time. So, you should separate fluid and food
intake by at least 30 minutes and only sip what you are drinking.
Avoid high fat, high sugar foods and alcohol.
Resume physical activity six weeks after the operation. Once you are fully recovered,
you should strive for daily physical activity in order to maintain weight loss after
the surgery.
Seek social support from others who have undergone weight loss surgery.
The weight loss results of gastric bypass surgery are generally good. Most patients
lose an average of 4-5 kg per month and reach a stable weight between 18 and 24
months after surgery. Often, the greatest rate of weight loss occurs in the very beginning
(that is, just following the surgery when you are still on a liquid diet).

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