Baby Steps After Weight Loss Surgery
Any surgery is scary, and going into the unknown is a difficult thing to face. There will always be a recovery period, even with laparoscopic procedures. At Pompeii Surgical, you will have a shorter hospital stay, but you will be monitored very closely while you are in the Hospital. You will have pain management and all the comforts and luxuries of home. That aside, although Pompeii Surgical will do their best to keep you comfortable, calm, and felt thoroughly cared for, it is natural to feel nervous. Nervous about the surgery, apprehensive about the recovery, and worried about the future.
While in the Hospital you will be told to walk, which will help with healing and gas pain. You will go through all the standard tests and procedures and won't be confidently released until it has been made entirely sure that everything went well and that you are all set to resume a normal life. Just because you are released does not mean you can just jump back into life with no regard to your surgery and recovery. Just because you feel great does not mean you shouldn't still to a degree take it easy.
TIPS AND TRICKS:
-Watch your pain control. In the Hospital, this will be taken care of for you, but after your short hospital stay, you will have to stay on top of your pain management and make sure you stay ahead of the pain. The way you do that is to take your meds at the scheduled times and don't take it too late. If the pain gets too bad, it can sometimes get ahead of the meds and make it very difficult to manage. Some go home with very little pain, some with none, some have residual pain. It just depends on the individual.
- EXERCISE: Start by walking in the Hospital. This will help with gas pain and healing, but it will also jump-start not only your weight loss but creating an exercise routine. It is not a great idea to start walking as soon as possible as it will not only promote healing and pain but will also help keep complications and blood clots at bay, which are few and far between.
- PLAN FOR HOME RECOVERY EARLY: Think about where you would like to stay during your recovery. This is especially important if you have stairs in your house and your bedroom is upstairs. Where in your home would be the optimal place for you to have easy access to everything and enable you to have an easy time at the beginning of recovery? Will you have support if you should need any help? Prepare for the worst recovery so that you will not be taken by surprise if you are in any pain or unable to do specific things in the very beginning. Listen to your body. Everyone heals differently, and if you feel like you need to dial it back, then do so.
Given that you will have your surgery at Pompeii Surgical, you will have no follow-up visits thereafter your discharge. You will need to schedule a "follow up" with your Primary Care Physician. Ensure you do schedule a follow-up and keep up with any care your Primary Care Physician advises. If you have any concerns after surgery you can call Pompeii Surgical or your Doctor to speak to someone. Though you don't have follow-ups at Pompeii Surgical, they are still invested in your recovery and would love to answer any questions you may have about your post-op care.
- AVOID ACTIVITIES SUCH AS:
-- Lifting anything heavier than 20 pounds, doing housework that involves pushing or pulling methods, and anything that feels too much in the weeks following your recovery. You should be physically healthy, but don't push yourself too hard. You are still recovering.
-- Try not to sit or lay down for long periods of time without periods of walking to prevent blood clots and promote healing.
- STAY HYDRATED. Especially if you are experiencing nausea or vomiting. It is easy to get dehydrated. This could be very dangerous for you and lead to complications.
- It is advised to avoid getting pregnant for the first 18 months after your surgery as your body is still recovering and it is best for you and baby that your body has recovered and stabilized.
The bottom line is that recovery is a long process in this situation. It isn't just physical, but mental as well. It is essential to take care of all aspects of recovery. If you need help from anyone reach out, it is vital for your recovery. Keep strict with your diet and exercise routine, and reach out to any of your support system for help if you need it. This is a long road, and it is imperative you have accountability and people to hold you accountable. Life changes don't just happen overnight, and if you are struggling, don't let your progress be in jeopardy. Find a support group, find an exercise group, tell your friends and family to be strict with you, and push you toward your goals. There are a lot of ways to help not feel so alone in this journey, just reach out and ask for help.