After Gastric Bypass and Sleeve

After gastric bypass surgery or gastric sleeve procedure, you will most likely spend one to two days in the hospital and then be released to go home. Your abdomen will be swollen and sore for several days, and you may get medications to help deal with the pain. Most patients return to normal activity in two to five weeks.

Our staff will give you a handbook with dietary information before you have your surgery that you can take home to guide you during your recovery. Both the gastric sleeve and gastric bypass procedures involve significant changes to your stomach, and it is crucial to your success that you stick to the dietary plan you are given, and take all vitamins and supplements that are recommended.

With the sleeve gastrectomy, the stomach is made smaller, but the digestive system is allowed to function normally. Consequently, gastric sleeve patients experience fewer nutritional deficiencies and can eat a wider range of foods than gastric bypass patients. Even so, you should avoid high-fat and high-sugar foods, which are laden with empty calories. Just because you can eat it doesn’t mean you should. Likewise, because you will be consuming smaller portions, you probably will need to take vitamin supplements to ensure you get enough nutrients in your diet. Be sure to follow the nutritional plan in the handbook you receive, and to ask questions during your follow-up visits and at support group meetings if you are uncertain about the guidelines.

Gastric bypass patients have to take special care to meet their nutritional requirements and avoid serious health conditions related to vitamin and mineral deficiencies, including anemia and bariatric beriberi. In addition, after you have a gastric bypass, you will have to avoid juices, sodas, candies, and other foods and beverages with simple sugars, since these can cause “dumping syndrome” and result in nausea, diarrhea or vomiting.

The good news is that gastric bypass surgery generally promotes more rapid weight loss than other bariatric procedures, and has a long track record of success. In addition, numerous studies indicate that gastric bypass surgery can reduce or resolve numerous obesity-related health conditions, including diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Be sure to see your primary care physician regularly after your gastric bypass, since you may be able to go off several prescription medications after losing weight.

Finally, after gastric bypass surgery, you may receive behavior modification therapy to help you learn new habits to take care of your new body, or work with a mental health professional to address the emotional issues surrounding weight loss surgery. You will also be required to attend periodic follow-up visits in the long-term to ensure the success of your procedure. Remember, this is a huge change for you and your family, and you will need outside help to successfully transition from your old life to your new one.

If you have questions about life after gastric sleeve or gastric bypass surgery in Dallas Fort Worth, North Texas, Oklahoma, Abilene, Waco, Wichita Falls or states outside of Texas with Dr. Scott Stowers and the team at My Bariatric Solutions,  call our office at 940.539.9105 or email us at info@drscottstowers.com and on of our patient advocates will be happy to help you.  Our goal is to provide you with the information and quality medical care you need, to achieve the life that you deserve.