You had gastric bypass surgery to help you lose weight. Your surgeon used staples to divide your stomach into a small upper section, called a pouch, and a larger bottom section. Then your surgeon sewed a section of your small intestine to a small opening in this small stomach pouch. The food you eat will now go into your small stomach pouch.
You probably spent 3 to 5 days in the hospital. When you go home you will be eating liquids or purÃ©ed foods. You should be able to move around without too much problem.
You may have a catheter (tube) coming from the larger part of your stomach that was bypassed. It will come out of your side and will drain fluids that build up in your belly. This will be taken out in about 4 to 6 weeks.
You will lose weight quickly over the first 3 to 6 months. During this time, you may have body aches, feel tired and cold, have dry skin, mood changes, and hair loss or hair thinning. These problems should go away as your body gets used to your weight loss and your weight becomes stable. Because of this quick weight loss, you will need to be careful that you get all of the nutrition and vitamins you need as you recover.
Weight loss slows down after 12 to 18 months.
You will remain on liquid or purÃ©ed food for 2 or 3 weeks after surgery. You will slowly add soft foods and then regular food. Remember to chew each bite very slowly and completely.
Drink fluids 30 minutes after you eat food. Drink slowly. Take 30 to 60 minutes to drink a cup of any fluid. Sip when you are drinking. Do not gulp. Do NOT use a straw since it brings air in your stomach.
Your doctor, nurse, or dietitian will teach you about foods that you should eat and foods you should stay away from.
See also: Your diet after gastric bypass
Start walking after surgery. Move around the house and shower, and use the stairs at home, during the first week. If it hurts when you do something, stop doing that activity.
Plan to have someone drive you home from the hospital. Do NOT drive yourself home.
You should be able to do most of your regular activities in 4 to 8 weeks. Before that:
Press a pillow over your incision when you need to cough or sneeze.
Make sure your home is set up safely as you are recovering.
You should be able to start exercising again 6 weeks after your operation. Even sooner than that, you will be able to take short walks at an easy pace, if your doctor tells you it is okay.
Your doctor or nurse will show you how to change your dressing (bandages) on your incision. Gently wash the wound (incision) area with mild soap and water. Pat the area dry with a clean towel. Do not rub dry.
See also: Surgical wound care
You may remove the wound dressings and take a shower if sutures (stitches), staples, or glue were used to close your incision.
Do not soak in a bathtub, swimming pool, or hot tub until your doctor tells you it is okay.
You may need to take some medicines when you go home.
Aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and some other drugs may harm the lining of your stomach or even cause ulcers. Talk with your doctor before you take these drugs.
You will need to see your doctor fairly often in the first year after your surgery.
Exercise is very important to help you lose weight and keep that weight off. Joining a support group of people who have had weight-loss surgery may help you recover from surgery and keep your weight off. Getting to know people who have had the same experience as you gives you a chance to hear other people's success stories and struggles, and to share your own. Ask your doctor or nurse if there is a nearby support group for people who have had weight-loss surgery.
Call your doctor or nurse if:
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