What to Expect After Weight-Loss Surgery
Count on comprehensive care and support in the days, weeks, months and years following your weight-loss surgery at Mount Auburn Hospital. Your team will work closely with you to make sure you have everything you need to recover from surgery, lose weight and improve your health for the long-term.
Recovery After Bariatric Surgery
After surgery, you will recover overnight at Mount Auburn Hospital. You will stay in a specialized monitoring unit that cares for patients after bariatric surgery. Nurses there have received specialized training and experience caring for our patients.
You will be able to get out of bed and walk starting on the day of surgery.
Most patients stay for one night after their procedure and go home before lunchtime the next day. Patients typically take 2 weeks off of work and limit heavy lifting (20 lbs or more) for 10 days after surgery.
Nutrition & Eating
You will begin preparing for your diet changes after surgery even before the surgery is done. Patients are gradually transitioned through standard dietary stages as their body and digestive tract adjusts to their new environment.
Make sure you get the nutrients you need by taking a daily multivitamin, calcium citrate, B12 and vitamin D. Depending on the type of surgery you have, you may also need supplements of iron or other trace elements. (You’ll use liquid or chewable vitamins for the first six months after surgery.)
Follow the high-protein eating plan your care team has developed for you to ensure you meet your nutritional and weight-loss goals. You’ll be encouraged to track your diet in a food journal that you can review with a dietitian during follow-up appointments.
You’ll need to follow your new eating plan for the rest of your life. Your dietitian will help you learn how to select foods and how to dine in restaurants while still following your diet.
You’ll be encouraged to start taking short, gentle walks while you’re still in the hospital. As you heal, follow the specific physical activity recommendations given to you by your care team.
Follow-Up Care & Support
In the weeks and months after your bariatric surgery, we’ll closely monitor your recovery and help you adjust to the physical, social and emotional changes your surgery brings.
You’ll visit your surgeon, dietitian and behavioral health specialist regularly during the first year after your surgery. Our exercise physiologist also is available to support your fitness goals.
Continue attending our support group meetings to share challenges and victories with your peers, ask questions and build friendships. For online support, join ObesityHelp, a free peer-support community.
Stay healthy long-term by visiting your bariatric surgeon once a year and getting recommended tests to monitor your vitamin and mineral levels.