Take It Easy After Surgery
Time spent in the facility after bariatric surgery is quick. You will be released usually the day after surgery. Because the procedure is laparoscopic, it is often a much shorter hospital stay. While you are in the Hospital, you will be monitored very closely. You will be encouraged to walk around to not only get some exercise but to also help with the gas pains. All of this can also prevent complications.
Once you are home, it is essential to continue with the walks and to monitor yourself. You may be fatigued and experience nausea and vomiting, and this is normal. Take it easy on yourself, and if you need rest, then give it to yourself. Please contact your Doctor with any concerns.
There is bound to be some soreness on the incision site; it is essential to talk to your nurse while you are in the Hospital and ask for pain management if you need it. There is no point in suffering in pain if you don’t have to. It is essential, to be honest about your pain with your nursing staff. Plan ahead for pain when you get home. It’s not always the case, but it is crucial to prepare for.
To speed up recovery, it is imperative to do some form of exercise. Walking usually is what is advised. You will be walking around in the Hospital, and it is crucial to keep that up after being released. It is vital after discharge to avoid lifting anything more substantial than 20 pounds or doing housework in the beginning weeks of recovery. Avoid sitting or not moving around for long periods of time. This is due to not wanting blood clots to form.
It is essential to stay hydrated, especially if you are experiencing vomiting. Take small sips when drinking but be sure to drink water consistently.
Only do what feels right. Do not overdo any workouts or traveling. It is important to get rest and recuperate from surgery, even if it feels as though you are fully healed. Get rest and do not do any strenuous activity, which includes pushing and pulling motions, housework, heavy lifting, and strenuous exercises. Overdoing it can cause complications, and it should be avoided.
It is important to view your surgery as a tool and do the work required to maintain any weight loss. Maintain your nutrition, have a support system, exercise regularly, and address any concerns you have with your Doctor.