Bariatric Surgery Recovery
Weight loss surgery is unique. In most cases, patients can expect significant changes to their appearance, health, and overall lifestyle in a relatively short amount of time after the procedure. While it is a very safe procedure with remarkably high success rates (an estimated 95% of patients report an improvement in quality of life), minor complications related to the procedure occur in approximately 10% of cases, with less than 5% serious complications.
The typical time frame for bariatric surgery recovery will vary from patient to patient, but average hospital stays range from 2-3 days, with most patients resuming normal activities within 3-5 weeks. Typical patients tend to lose an average of 47% - 61% of the extra body weight, depending on their situation and the procedure.
In cases where a patient is suffering from additional health complications as a result of the extra weight, such as sleep apnea or type 2 diabetes, they could also experience relief from symptoms and improvement in their overall health as well, beginning in their surgery recovery.
Help in Bariatric Surgery Recovery
While bariatric surgery is generally a very safe procedure, patients will have to make a series of lifestyle changes in a relatively short amount of time during surgery recovery in order to ensure that the results of the procedure are long lasting. Making such sudden changes can be overwhelming and anxiety-inducing for patients without a proper support system in place.
Some of the most common potential side effects may include:
- Dumping syndrome (vomiting and nausea induced by consuming sugary foods or drinks that rush to the stomach after a patient has undergone weight loss surgery)
- Bleeding in stool
- Blood clots
- In rare cases, leaks can occur between the connections created by the surgery in the intestines, in which case the patient should seek medical attention immediately.
- Wound infections
Patients will need to adopt a consistent, balanced meal and nutrition plan in order to maintain the weight loss and adapt to a smaller stomach. Bariatric surgery patients can have difficulty absorbing certain vitamins and minerals after surgery, such as calcium, iron, B12, and folate.
Some tips for new weight loss surgery patients include:
- Eat small portions more often
- Adopt a clean, balanced diet
- Exercise regularly to maintain a healthy weight
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