The exact amount of time needed depends not only on which procedure you chose, but also your own body’s natural healing process.
Be sure to follow your bariatric and metabolic team’s diet and recovery plan carefully. Your safety and success depends upon it. Their guidance and recommendations are in your best interest and will help you recover as quickly as possible.
We put together a sample recovery plan to give you a general idea of what to expect during your recovery. This plan may differ from your actual plan, which will be tailored to your specific needs.
Recovery in the first 2 weeks
Immediately after bariatric and metabolic surgery you will start with a clear liquid diet and slowly progress to a full liquid diet. You'll be encouraged to slowly sip at least 64 ounces of low-calorie, noncarbonated fluids each day to stay hydrated. You will need to avoid alcohol and carbonated beverages.
You will be told to take walks and stay mobile. Pneumonia and blood clots are two risks for anyone who has had surgery. You will need to use caution when bending at the waist and picking up heavy objects. Your healthcare team will advise you when you can return to work depending on your employment, the required physical activity, and your progress.
Bariatric and metabolic surgery pain
A few days after any type of abdominal surgery, many people have pain that radiates to the shoulder and neck. This is normal. The pain should go away in a few days. However, if the pain persists, consult your physician.
Recovery from 3 to 6 weeks
Many patients have their first adjustment after eating solid foods for 1 week. If you are losing 1 to 2 pounds a week and feel satisfied with an appropriate portion of food, you may not need an adjustment. Your doctor will determine when you need an adjustment.