6. What is the recovery like after surgery?
After a gastric sleeve surgery, there is some pain the first day. The pain subsides by the next day, and most people feel sore and fatigued as their bodies work to recover.
Most doctors recommend anywhere between two to six weeks of recovery, downtime from work, and avoiding strenuous activities while you heal. Your doctor will give you detailed instructions for recovery, including dietary changes. These are some common recommendations:
After your surgery, you will continue with a liquid diet, over the next few days you will be able to gradually progress to a soft diet such as pureed foods. Any pain or nausea will be managed by your doctor’s recommended prescription.
By this time, you will be able to remove any bandages over your incisions, unless your doctor advises you otherwise. You may gently shower, but avoid baths, soaks in a hot tub, or swimming for one month. Pat your incisions dry, but do not rub them.
You will be able to start light activity such as walking. Continue with a liquid or soft meal diet unless advised otherwise by your doctor.
After two weeks, your doctor may request a follow-up consultation to make sure you are healthy and healing well. During this time, the incisions should be healing and may no longer need bandages and the pain should have subsided. You may slowly start to implement pureed and soft solid foods in your diet and continue with light physical activity.
By this time, pain should no longer be an issue. You should be able to start slowly testing solid foods and continue with light physical activity. Nausea or vomiting is common during the first few months following surgery, adjusting your diet will usually make you feel better.
During weeks 4-6, you will be able to transition into your normal activities and begin your new diet and exercise maintenance routine.