Immediately after bariatric surgery, there will be some pain and discomfort. Our highly-skilled and sensitive care team will offer you the right medications to help you feel better. You will stay in the hospital for one to two days after surgery, and then return to normal activity within two to three weeks.
During the first two weeks of your recovery, we will recommend that you only ingest liquids. We will then guide you as you gradually progress to pureed foods, soft foods, and then to regular foods about two to three months after surgery. You will need to chew your food slowly and fully. You may experience a very fast weight loss initially, so it is important to get all of the nutrition, vitamins, and hydration you need. Your doctor will also likely recommend supplements.
If you undergo the Lap Band procedure, you may return during the first six months to have your Lap Band adjusted. This adjustment will help to enhance your weight and appetite loss. It involves injecting saline into the port just under the skin connected to the Lap Band. You will be happy to find out that the adjustment is painless. Also, the adjustment is typically done by the surgeon who performed your procedure successfully.
During weight loss, you may experience fatigue, chills, body aches, dry skin, mood changes, and temporary hair thinning. However, as your weight stabilizes, you may find out that these problems fade out.
Weight loss typically continues for about a year and then abates. You should use the first year to develop good eating and exercise habits that will keep you from regaining weight.
Many weight-related health problems improve or even disappear after bariatric weight loss surgery, including diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, and obstructive sleep apnea.