Wednesday, January 13, 2016
I've heard that WLS patients take off work, anywhere from one week to three weeks. (Actually, I know someone who took six weeks off, but I think he had a ton of time on the books anyhow.)
Remember, these blogs are just comments on things I've read online, or in books, or heard from people I know who have been through it.
Assuming the procedure is done laparoscopically, movement is unrestricted after a few days, except there is a restriction on lifting anything over ten pounds. Driving should be allowed after pain meds are stopped for a day or so.
I had my gallbladder removed laparoscopically, and I was moving furniture a week later!
Actually, I was told that walking was strongly urged as is gets rid of any gas/air that remains in the abdomen after surgery. I wasn't troubled by it after my gall bladder surgery, but a friend suffered for a couple of days with gas pains.
Stomach size for a sleeve? Think standard highlighter.
Band or Bypass? About the size of an egg.
But weren't we always told our (normal) stomachs are the size of a human fist? Before being stretched out, I guess.
Ok, food is a general term here. I've heard that there are several stages of the post-op diet, and while they vary by program, it seems that they start out with clear liquids for the first day or so, then move on the protein shakes. Then soft textures are added in after a week or more; things like applesauce, ricotta, cream of wheat, etc. Then after another couple of weeks, solid foods are added in, cut up small or pureed at first.
Also, portions are TINY! We're talking an ounce of two of liquids at a time, to be sipped. Meals should be eaten so slowly as to stretch out to half an hour. And I'm hearing that sometime it really does take that long to finish! Wow!
The sleeve and bypass patients must be extra careful with food, as there is a large cut that is healing, and it wouldn't be good to pummel it with chunks of food, or excessive volume.
Some foods are completely off limits for a while, possibly forever.
Caffeine - Not good for the healing stomach, and even decaf coffee can be too acidic.
Alcohol - Tiny tummy gets you drunk on a tablespoon of booze, and there is a huge chance of transferred addiction if you can't use food for comfort any more.
Soda/Tonic/Pop - anything with carbonation expands in a tiny tummy. Give it up forever. It's not good for you anyhow.
Some people become lactose intolerant. I don't know anyone who did, and I don't have stats.
Some people get stomach aches after eating rice or pasta or soft bread. It expands or gets stuck?
I have also spoken to people who can eat much more normally after some time, and no foods are off limits for them. But they do try to continue with small portions.
(Stay tuned for more WLS blogs here)