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Post-op expectations?

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.

General healing

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.

Post-op food

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.


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  • WHITE-GREEN
    Reading your blogs makes me even more motivated to try to lose weight without a tool like WLS!!
    919 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/13/2016 11:10:18 AM
  • GARDENCHRIS
    i've only know 1 person who had this done ..... i'm sure your doing your homework
    919 days ago
  • KJDINSC
    Sounds like you are really doing your homework!
    919 days ago
  • DSJB9999
    emoticon for investigating further x
    919 days ago
  • MISSUSRIVERRAT
    Lots of BIG changes and adjustments that would have to be made. Plus, you would need to have good teeth to chew everything very well (or maybe a blender?)... ..thought of that because right now I personally am having teeth issues....
    and PATIENCE to eat/drink that slowly. That would be a big change for almost anyone in the modern world. And truthfully, we should all try to eat more slowly, but what is described here is very slow. Yikes !
    Dragon Chick, you are smart to be this thorough in your research ! Better to find out all this now and really think & plan than to find out as you go. I suppose it is a little different for everyone, but you would still be getting info that helps.


    919 days ago
  • no profile photo TWALKOWICZ
    Oh I should mwntuion my 52 lb loss is from July to present. There is can requirement to meet before surgery.
    919 days ago
  • no profile photo TWALKOWICZ
    Hope that helps with any questions, curiosities. :-)
    919 days ago
  • no profile photo TWALKOWICZ
    Prior & some were upset with the lean n green regimen we were on, & missed their soda & chips etc, but, realize after surgery you can't have that garbage anyway. Not with a good outcome anyway. Everything in ur mouth has to be nutrient dense & health
    919 days ago
  • no profile photo TWALKOWICZ
    Less, & I can even do some high impact HIIT moves again. I would say anyone considering WLS realize you have to gain control of food issues BEFORE surgery, this is a tool not a magic procedure that you can be lazy with. I had to attend support groups
    919 days ago
  • no profile photo TWALKOWICZ
    I get about 1-1200 cals a day now. You work up to it. I'm doing the same exercises I used too.Leslie Sansone & Jessica Smith Dvds, stretch bands weights & swimming at the Y, & their equipment. Except now I have lost 52 lbs! My fibromyalgia flares are
    919 days ago
  • no profile photo TWALKOWICZ
    Too quickly. I have found waiting an hour is better. You need to get 64 oz of water (they say liquid) I only count my water so I am actually getting more liquid. Yeah no chugging water anymore. Sip it throughout.
    919 days ago
  • no profile photo TWALKOWICZ
    I eat my meal within 15-20 min. You have to stop liquids 30 before you eat & shoot for at least 45 min after before you resume liquids, I read another pinterest article by different Dr says 1 hour is better to allow food to digfest n not be flushed,
    919 days ago
  • no profile photo TWALKOWICZ
    Sooner & exercise. Don't push the lifting, you don't want to tear staples. Food will always need to be chewed to applesauce consistency, a sip of carbonated bev is OK but for me, why. Food will be about a cup worth, bypass is 4 fusion vitamins a day,
    919 days ago
  • no profile photo TWALKOWICZ
    I am 3 months post op, & your info is pretty much right on. I had slight lactose issues the first 2 weeks resolved. Could have coffee right away but I didn't want it in the beginning. Follow the phases & directions & I was able to move to solid foods
    919 days ago
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