Recovery after Gastric Bypass

January 11, 2011

Gastric bypass is major surgery even though it is generally performed laparoscopically. It is therefore very important to follow your post surgical guidelines in order to minimize recovery problems.

You will receive a detailed post-surgical checklist that will give you the steps you need to take to ensure a smooth recovery. You will definitely want to get plenty of rest and walk as much as you can, but you should not strain your body. In general:

  • Do not over exert yourself after surgery. Staple lines in your intestine and stomach as well as the small incisions on your abdomen can open with excessive strain or stress.
  • We do not suggest returning to normal activities for five to six weeks, however upon observing your recovery, we will determine that final time frame.
  • We do not suggest that you lift heavy items until you are fully healed. If you have undergone an open procedure the risk of an incisional hernia is increased and therefore we do not suggest that you strain your abdomen at all for as long as possible.

Using common sense and following doctor’s orders are the best policy when recovering from any surgical procedure. Recovery can be quicker and less painful when following a tried and true recovery plan as laid out by your surgeon.

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