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Patients will be up and walking around at most by the next day after surgery. Typically patient will need at least 2 weeks off work to aid the initial recovery and ensure dietary progression.
All patients will be seen by the surgeon and dietician after the operation at regular intervals typically at 2 weeks, 6 weeks then 3 monthly for the first year to ensure everything is on track.
As the surgery is Laparoscopic (keyhole) return to daily activities is swift, moderate exercise namely walking or treadmill use is encouraged to enhance recovery.
Laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery causes minimal pain and after the operation typically simple analgesia such a paracetamol is all that is required. Occasionally stronger medication is required. Patients will notice a mild aching pain around the incisions after the operation that will rapidly fade.
There is no restriction on eating out, but portion sizes will be much smaller and ordering an entr
Nausea and vomiting can be an issue following a sleeve gastrectomy but you will be given strong anti-nausea medications during and after the operation to ensure this has minimal impact on your progress. Nausea is minimal following a gastric bypass. Occasionally for both a sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass if too big a mouthful of food is swallowed then it may get stuck and be vomited up.
After Bariatric Surgery you will need to take multivitamins on a daily to second daily basis to supplement your diet. This occurs as the portion sizes are significantly reduced and to ensure you maintain healthy vitamin levels supplementation is required.
Approximately 20% of patients see a surgeon to have excess skin removed but this depends on the age of the patient and the rapidity of the weight loss.
There are no known major issues to falling pregnant after bariatric surgery, to mother nor baby.
If you fall pregnant prior to surgery the surgery will be delayed until after breast feeding has ceased.