Guidelines to Follow After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery is also known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy. The surgery involves removing around three quarters of the stomach using a surgical procedure. The procedure is gaining popularity lately. It does not involve the insertion of any foreign body or requires no follow-ups.

Generally, patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more are likely to get this surgery. The surgery can be chosen by people who have a BMI of 35 or above if they suffer from some illness that can only be cured with the loss of weight. Patients typically lose 50% to 60% of body fat within one year of the surgery. An individual’s recovery and weight loss is dependent on the individual changing eating habits, adjusting and following a proper diet plan along with following the surgeon’s instructions.

The surgery takes around one or two hours to perform. The patient will have to spend a couple of days in the hospital and recover under the doctor’s observation. The surgeon may prescribe you painkillers if you are suffering from abdominal pain or a sore abdomen. The patient will have to follow a liquid diet for at least two weeks. A liquid diet can be for more than two weeks if the surgeon is not satisfied with the progress. The body needs to adjust to the new change.

It is a good idea to have a friend or family member note down all the instructions that the doctor is giving. This will help the patient recover properly and follow all the instructions. If the patient or relative miss any of the instructions, it could lead to complications.

Once the two weeks are over, the patient can transition to solid food. This does not mean that the patient can have steak with baked potatoes. The patient can have pureed food and is suppose to eat this type of food for another two weeks. It is best for the patient to have food slowly and not just scarf down everything. It could lead to the dumping syndrome.

Once your surgeon allows, the patient can eat proper solid food. The patient is supposed to chew the food properly, eat slowly and in small quantities. Beverages should be taken around 30 minutes before the meal and not during it.

To see long-term effects of the surgery, it is suggested that the patient follow a healthy diet routine and exercise regularly.

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