Below are some common questions about recovering from surgery based on the hundreds of people we have treated. If you have any further questions, please arrange a free, no obligation consultation below.
How long does it take to recover from surgery?
There are different stages to your physical recovery depending on which procedure you opt for.
Recovery from a gastric balloon is quick and most people can resume their normal activities the day after surgery. For most, recovering from surgery (e.g. gastric band, sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass) takes between 10 days and two weeks. You will be mobile and self-caring on the day of surgery. Pain and discomfort following surgery usually lasts a few day.
What are the common symptoms that people suffer from after surgery?
In the weeks following surgery, some patients can suffer from nausea and vomiting. For some people, taking enough fluids and remaining well hydrated can be a challenge. Some people also struggle with constipation particularly in the first few weeks which is often a sign that you are not drinking enough. It is important that you keep in close contact with the bariatric nurse and dietitians to ensure that you are well supported during this initial period in particular.
What do I need to look out for if I have a serious complication?
Serious complications are rare following bariatric surgery. However, if you have the following symptoms, you must ensure that you seek urgent medical advice:
- Severe ongoing pain
- Fever or temperature
- Ongoing vomiting or an inability to keep adequate fluids down
- Significant shortness of breath or chest pain
During hours, you should contact the bariatric nurse in the first instance or the hospital ward. If you are unable to make contact with the nurse, then you must contact Mr Alkhaffaf’s secretary on 0161 447 6960. Out of hours, please call 999.
How long before I can drive?
Current guidance states that you must be able to fully control the vehicle before attempting to drive. We would advise that you do not attempt to drive unless you can comfortably wear your seatbelt and perform an emergency stop. If you are involved in an motor-related incident and you are found not to have been in control of your vehicle, your insurance may be void and you may be legally liable. In our experience, most people can begin driving approximately 2 weeks following surgery.
How long before I can start exercising?
We encourage patients to begin mobilising quickly after surgery. Walking can be resumed immediately. Most exercises, including those using resistance and weights, can be commenced by 6 weeks after surgery.
How long before I can eat normal food?
The dietary recovery following surgery usually lasts between 6 and 10 weeks. Most people will go through a period of fluids only for two weeks, followed by pureed foods for two weeks and finally sloppy diet, before starting normal food at 6 weeks. Sometimes these phases of dietary recovery can take a little longer. You will be supported both before and after your surgery by our team of bariatric nurses and dietitians who will set out what will be required of you.
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