Gastric Sleeve recovery time

Feb 25, 2022

There is a lot of information out there regarding gastric sleeves. One of the most widely searched questions of all is what is the gastric sleeve recovery time. A gastric sleeve is a type of bariatric surgery that causes weight loss by reducing the size of the stomach without creating a pouch or band around it. The laparoscopic technique allows for a more minimally invasive solution.   Patients who undergo this procedure experience:

  • Significant weight loss
  • A substantial decrease in appetite
  • Improvement of several health conditions

What Is the Recovery Time After Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

The time it takes to recover from weight loss surgery depends on the procedure you undergo. Gastric sleeve surgery is the least invasive of the surgical options, and it causes the fewest postoperative complications. As a result, gastric sleeve recovery time is very short.

  • After gastric sleeve surgery, you will be in the hospital for 1-2 days.
  • During the hospital stay, your doctor wil monitor your condition closely.
  • A caregiver may be present during this time, but you will mostly be sleeping.
  • Any pain you have can be managed with prescribed pain medication.

If you have not had any complications or setbacks after leaving the hospital, your surgeon will give you general guidelines on what to expect during your recovery at home. They will also provide you with specific instructions regarding wound care and diet.

The most difficult part of gastric sleeve recovery time is maintaining a healthy diet, staying hydrated, and getting enough protein in while healing from surgery. The diet after surgery will be liquids only for about 3 weeks to help minimize digestion and heal right after surgery. In addition to following the diet plan, a patient who has undergone bariatric surgery must also avoid straining their body too much too soon after surgery.

In Conclusion

Gastric sleeve recovery time is faster than other types of weight loss procedures. Patients can return to daily activities within days as opposed to having to wait weeks. If you are considering bariatric surgery, contact Nova Bariatrics today.

Dr. Alibhai and Dr.Gulamhusein are among the top surgeons in our region for weight loss surgery. If you are looking for weight loss surgery doctors near me, you can consult our doctors at Nova Bariatric today.


Dr. Mustafa H. Alibhai

Dr. Alibhai, a board-certified general surgeon, passionately leads Nova Bariatrics and Minimally Invasive Surgery. Formerly an Assistant Professor at McGovern Medical School, he’s a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. His academic journey includes a Bachelor’s from Southern Methodist University, Medical School at UT Southwestern, and residencies at UT Southwestern. Specializing further, he completed Bariatric and Robotic Fellowships, advancing surgical techniques with a focus on patient well-being.



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