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After Weight Loss Surgery

Recovery time will vary depending the type of surgery you had and the complexity of your case. Average recovery times include:

Lifestyle Modifications after Weight Loss Surgery

Prior to surgery, your healthcare team will discuss the lifestyle modifications you will need to make before and after surgery, including diet and exercise.

Support after Weight Loss Surgery

After weight loss surgery, our team is here to support you. We offer:

  • Support groups
  • Individual counseling

Frequently Asked Questions

I don't think I can walk for 30 minutes a day the first week after surgery. What should I do?

We recommend patients walk for 30 minutes a day starting the week after surgery so they decrease their risk of pain and blood clots. Initially, some patients are unable to walk for the recommended 30 minutes per day. However, it is important you try to walk as much as you can. Walk for five to 10 minutes a few times a day to reach this goal. Aim to walk more than you did the day before.

Is nausea common after the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy operation?

Eating too much, too fast or failing to chew your food properly can lead to nausea. Be patient during your recovery, chew slowly, watch your portion sizes and drink plenty of fluids.

How much pain should I expect after the surgery?

It varies from person to person. It is common to have pain at the incision site for the first few weeks after surgery. The incisions typically take four to six weeks to heal. During this time, avoid straining your abdominal area or doing any heavy lifting.

Will I be able to eat normally again?

You will need to modify your eating habits after surgery. Learn more about diet after weight loss surgery.

When can I drive again?

You won’t be cleared to drive until you have stopped taking your pain medications. Talk to your surgeon at your first postoperative visit about when you can start driving again.

What should I do if I experience constipation?

Call our office at 864-560-7070 and ask the nurse for medication recommendations or other treatment options based on your individual needs.

Will I experience diarrhea?

Diarrhea is common after gastric bypass once you add high-fiber foods back to your diet, such as leafy greens. High-fat foods can also trigger more frequent bowel movements. As you begin to eat more solid foods, make a note of what you ate that might have caused the diarrhea. If you experience blood in your stool or persistent diarrhea, contact our office.

When do I begin taking my other medications?

Your surgeon will discuss your medications before you are discharged from the hospital. Please remember to discuss your medications with him during your follow-up visits as well. If you have Type 2 diabetes, you may be able to stop taking your diabetes medications soon after surgery. Again, talk with your doctor about your individual needs.

Will the staples used in surgery interfere with special tests I may need later?

The short answer is no. The staples are very small and often cannot be seen on a regular X-ray. The small pieces of metal are non-reactive and typically get imbedded in scar tissue. Tests like CAT scans, MRIs, upper gastrointestinal (GI) series and ultrasounds are generally not a problem.

If you would like more information, please call 864-560-7070 or complete this contact form and we will get in touch with you right away.

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