Weight loss surgery is one way of managing obesity and providing an individual with a fresh start at healthy living. It is a big decision and understanding the options as well as the related results and expected recovery time are essential. Every individual will have a different experience when it comes to both recovery time and results.
Expected Recovery Time
Recovery from gastric bypass surgery isn’t something that ends after the surgery. It truly is a lifelong process of recovery in order to achieve quality results. Since weight loss surgery is not a fast resolution to obesity, there is a requirement that you make major life changes to see the results that you want.
Immediately after the surgery, you will spend a few days in the hospital. This is so that the medical team can monitor your physical condition and watch for signs of bleeding or infection while you are in their care. You will then be released from the hospital and asked to take it easy for a few weeks. Resuming normal activity will not likely be an option for several weeks after the surgery. Your physician will prescribe pain medication for you to help you be more comfortable in the first few days of recovery. While you might not think it to be a good idea, walking around is a good way to make sure you avoid deep vein thrombosis (DVT) after your surgery. This is a blood clot located in the body and often appearing in the legs first.
You will find that you need to start with food slowly. The intake of food will be limited to liquid initially and for the first week. This is followed by puree for some time and then soft foods and small pieces of solid foods. The stomach is being held together with stitches or staples and therefore needs time to heal before real pressure can be applied from food. This process of reintroducing food typically takes about 12 weeks overall.
In order to reach full recovery, you will need to be willing to make adjustments to your lifestyle. You have to know your limit of intake of food and adhere to it in order to avoid being ill and to make the most of the surgery. Understanding nutrition is vital to making sure you are putting healthy and useful foods into your body first as there is little room for anything else after the surgery.
Results for gastric bypass patients vary depending on the individual and their overall condition. Other factors that can change the outcome include the surgery itself as well as how well the patient adheres to required lifestyle changes after the surgery. Studies have shown that a loss of excess weight between 60% and 70% after the first year and 77% and 83% after two years post-surgery. In addition to these impressive weight loss numbers, there is an estimated improvement or resolution of obesity-related comorbidities of 95% after one year. This means that 95% of the health issues individuals had as a result of obesity were resolved or improved after the surgery.