You can expect to lose a lot of weight through sleeve gastrectomy, but it’s not an instant fix.
Sleeve gastrectomy is one of the most common weight-loss surgeries. It is a surgical procedure to reshape the stomach into a sleeve-like shape. This reshaping removes a part of the stomach responsible for producing ghrelin — a hormone that induces better appetite control. It also restricts the size of the stomach so it limits the amount of food you can eat. These two outcomes lead to an effective surgical intervention that can help with weight loss.
After surgery, you must be committed to making lifestyle changes that are necessary for long-term weight loss and maintenance. The following helps you informed and prepared so you can get better as quickly as possible:
During the first several weeks after sleeve gastrectomy, you may feel weak and get tired easily after doing some physical activities. That is why light activities, such as frequent short walks, is recommended during the first month. American Heart Association recommends that you exercise at a moderate intensity for at least 30 to 45 minutes on most days of the week. The more physically active you are, the better. This will improve your recovery and ultimately, give you more energy. Avoid strenuous activities such as weight lifting, jogging, bicycling, or aerobic exercise until your doctor gives you a go-signal.
You may feel weak, thirsty, tired, or dizzy during the first few weeks after sleeve gastrectomy. Vomiting may also occur a few times a week. Frequently have fluid intake as necessary. Drinking 1.5 to 2 liters of fluids is a good daily goal. If you are sweating, increase the amount of your liquid intake. Avoid drinking with straws as you will only swallow air when you drink. Don’t drink with meals and snacks. Only sip on fluids between meals. You need to inform your doctor right away if you are having difficulty tolerating liquids.
During the first four weeks, it is generally advisable to delay travel on long flights. Some doctors may let you take short trips after six weeks. You can travel to only short distances as long as you are cleared by your surgeon to travel.
If you are planning on having a sleeve gastrectomy procedure, you should know that ample preparation is as important as recovery. Follow these tips and take care of yourself for best recovery. At NOVA Bariatrics in Dallas, you and your doctor will carefully review the options of whether you are a candidate for sleeve gastrectomy. Our Irving and Arlington weight loss doctors look forward to your consultation to help you achieve optimal health and lifestyle.
Listen to your body. Rest and relax when you feel tired. Getting adequate sleep is important to your recovery. Find a quiet space and get some restful sleep. If you cannot sleep, avoid staying in bed. Try to get up and walk, read, or count random objects to help you sleep. Avoid sleep deprivation as it can directly affect how hungry you feel and how your body processes the liquids you’re intaking.