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 a gastric bypass or vertical sleeve gastrectomy, you’ll recover in a private room on a designated floor of Mount Auburn Hospital. You’ll receive care from nurses with specialized training and experience caring for people after bariatric surgery.
You may be uncomfortable or sore, but you’ll be able to take short, gentle walks soon after surgery.
You’ll stay in the hospital for one or two nights, and then continue your recovery at home. Your surgeon will tell you when it’s safe to return to work and regular activities; for most people, that’s about two to four weeks after laparoscopic surgery.
Nutrition & Eating
You’ll probably eat only liquid or pureed food for two or three weeks after your gastric bypass or vertical sleeve gastrectomy. Then, you’ll start adding in small portions of regular food.
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.