Weight loss surgery
After weight loss surgery, you'll need a few daysto recover.It may also beseveral weeks or months before you canresume normal activities, depending on the type of surgery you have.
When you wake after surgery, you'll probably have some pain at the site of the surgery. This is normal and should pass within a few days.
Blood clots are uncommon, but serious complications can occur after banding, including:
To reduce the risk of blood clots, you may be given a blood-thinning medication, such as heparin, and compression stockings to wear.
Once you feel well enough, move around as much you can to further reduce your risk of blood clots.
For the first 24 hours, you'll only be allowed to drink a small amount of liquid, to prevent vomiting.
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Gastric band surgery may be carried out as a day caseand most people are well enough to leave hospital within24 hours of surgery. You can resume normal activities within four to six weeks.
Four to six weeks after surgery, your stomach should have healed enough that your band can be adjusted by inflating it with saline (sterile saltwater).
This is done by insertinganeedle via the access point through which the saline is pumped. The band will then inflate and constrict the upper pouch of your stomach. The whole process takes around 15 minutes.Thisis sometimesdoneafter numbing your abdomen with a local anaesthetic , using an X-ray to locate the band.
Often, this process of adjustment is a fine balancing act.For example, ifthe band is too loose you may not lose weight, butif the band is too tight, you may vomit after eating.
Therefore, it can take a number of sessions before the ideal adjustment for your band is reached.
Once you wake after surgery, you'll probably have a drip in your arm, to provide your body with liquids, andyou may have atube in your bladder, known as a urinary catheter , to drain urine out of your bladder.
These tubes will be removed once you're well enough to get out of bed.
Again, you may be given blood-thinning medication and compression stockings to wear to help prevent blood clots.
You'll only be allowed a liquid diet immediately after surgery,and solids will be slowly introduced into your diet.
Most people are well enough to leave hospitalone tofour days after surgery and resume normal activities within three to five weeks.
The recovery time for other types of weight loss surgery are:
You'll also only be allowed a liquid diet immediately after these types of surgery, and solids will be slowly introduced into your diet.
Weight loss surgery, also called bariatric surgery, is used to treat people who are dangerously obese.
Weight loss surgery is only recommended for people with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more, or a BMI of 35-40 and a serious health condition that could be improved if you lose weight, such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure.
Weight loss surgery and adapting to life after surgery is a challenging process, requiring the input of many different medical professionals working together as a team.
The three most widely used types of weight loss surgery are gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy, both based on restriction, and gastric bypass, which uses a combination of restriction and malabsorption.
After weight loss surgery, you'll need a few days to recover. It may also be several weeks or months before you can resume normal activities.
It's very important to stick to your recommended diet plan after surgery
As long as you stick to the diet and exercise recommendations, all types of weight loss surgery can achieve good, and often impressive, results.
The rapid weight loss associated with weight loss surgery can cause a number of side effects and has a number of risks.