Four Ways to Achieve a Smooth Gastric Bypass Recovery

June 19, 2017 — by Liza Pompa, MD
Tags: Gastric Bypass Bariatric Surgery

Gastric Bypass RecoveryDo you feel like you’ve tried every weight loss gimmick available and are still struggling with severe obesity? Have you been diagnosed with diabetes, high blood pressure, or another medical condition as a result of your weight? If you answered yes to either one of these questions you may benefit greatly from gastric bypass surgery.

This weight loss surgery is performed by Dr. Liza María Pompa González at our state-of-the-art surgical center in Tijuana, Mexico, serving San Diego, CA and surrounding areas. At LIMARP®, we discuss the steps involved and what to expect during gastric bypass recovery. Below are four things you can do after surgery to help improve your results.

Follow Your Postsurgical Instructions

After surgery, it is not uncommon to feel tired, sore, and even a little depressed. As with any surgery, it will take time for your body to adjust, especially when foreign objects are inserted and your organs have been altered from their original state.

Before releasing you from the hospital, our surgical team will provide you with a list of instructions to follow to ensure you achieve a smooth recovery. This will include medications to take, how to clean your incisions, activities to avoid, follow-up appointments to attend, and instructions on what to do if you notice any signs of infection or surgical complications.

In addition, you will also be given a restricted diet to maintain to assist your body in digestion. This step is crucial to the short-term and long-term success of your surgery. Patients who do not follow this step tend to develop complications and require additional surgeries in the future.

Walk

Although you will need to avoid strenuous activities for three to five weeks after surgery, walking can actually help you recover sooner. Even before you are released from the hospital, you will be required to walk around your room or the hospital hallways to help increase proper blood flow and avoid clotting.

Patients who walk around their house initially and up their mileage each day by walking around their neighborhood are able to achieve weight loss sooner and maintain their results longer. Sitting in your bed or recliner day-after-day will only lengthen your recovery and actually make you more fatigued.

Maintain a Positive Attitude

As stated earlier, you may feel a little depressed after surgery. Although this is normal, we encourage our patients to try and maintain a positive outlook, even if they aren’t seeing results as fast as they would like.

Do what you can to stay motivated throughout your weight loss journey. This may include scheduling friends to come over and visit you during your recovery, reading a book, listening to a podcast filled with inspirational quotes and messages, or meditating. No matter what you do, try and stay active. It doesn’t have to be much. Your activity for the day could be washing the dishes, playing in the backyard with your kids, or simply taking a walk around your neighborhood.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

If at any point along the way you hit a plateau or are bored with your diet, reach out for help. At LIMARP®, we have a nutritionist available that can help you manage your diet and there are also plenty of support groups available that you can join. Having a partner who is going through the same journey as you, or has paved the pathway ahead of you can keep you accountable, motivated, and encouraged.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you are looking for a way to lose weight quickly in order to improve your health and overall appearance, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our highly trained surgical team at LIMARP® to discuss the weight loss surgery options available. You can reach us online or by calling (664) 686.2542 (Mexico) or (619) 270.8823 (USA).

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