If you are considering weight loss surgery, knowing what to anticipate before, during, and after your procedure can help you enjoy a smooth, comfortable, and successful recovery.
Today, Dr. Francisco Gonzales discusses the gastric bypass recovery timeline, and explains what patients at our Tijuana, Mexico bariatric practice can expect following their procedure.
Gastric bypass is the single most common type of bariatric surgery performed today. During this procedure. Dr. Gonzales reduces the size of the stomach my dividing it into two separate sections. The smaller pouch is reconnected to the jejunum, which is the middle portion of the small intestine.
As a result, the capacity of the stomach is not only reduced, the food actually “bypasses” a large portion of the small intestine. This helps the patient feel fuller faster.
This procedure is typically performed laparoscopically. Therefore, it is a less invasive procedure, requiring only small incisions.
Immediately after your gastric bypass, you will need to stay in the hospital for one to three days. When you wake from your procedure, a urinary catheter and IV drip will likely be placed.
As you become more mobile, the tubes will be removed. To reduce the risk of blood clots, compression garments and blood-thinning medication may be provided. Once you are able to get out of bed and go on short walks, you will be released to go home.
For the first few days after your surgery, you will take small sips of water and chew on ice chips. As your recovery progresses, you will begin drinking clear liquids only. Over time, you will advance from liquids to pureed and semi-soft foods, as your surgeon permits.
During this initial healing phase, you may have an excellent appetite some days, and may not feel like eating at all on other days. This is normal and should not be a cause for concern. You will eventually figure out what foods you can eat, what meal schedule works for you, and what happens if you overeat.
After gastric bypass, the most significant weight loss typically occurs during the first nine to 12 months. In most cases, weight loss plateaus after approximately 18 months. Keep in mind that you should drink plenty of water during this time, as rapid weight loss can lead to dehydration.
There are several ways to reduce discomfort and promote healing after gastric bypass. First, it is important to take all medications as directed by your surgeon. This will not only prevent complications, it will also help alleviate any associated soreness and discomfort.
Second, try to become active as soon as possible. Your doctor can recommend exercises to help regain your mobility.
Third, attend all scheduled follow-ups with your surgeon. During these appointments, Dr. Francisco can monitor your progress and identify any issues early on.
If you would like to learn more about gastric bypass, or any of the other weight loss services we offer, schedule a consultation at Oasis of Hope Bariatrics. Contact us online or call our office at (619) 690-8417.