The Dos and Don’ts of A Gastric Sleeve Recovery

The Dos and Don’ts of A Gastric Sleeve Recovery in Miami

Losing weight can be difficult. People who want to lose weight are told by doctors to safely reduce their calorie intake and exercise regularly. For people who are overweight and/or obese, following this regimen can be an incredibly difficult leading to them to want to give up. An option known to not only help patients lose weight but keep the weight off is a gastric sleeve surgery.

A gastric sleeve surgery is a bariatric surgery that aims to help overweight individuals lose weight. The procedure involves the surgeon removing about 80 percent of the patient’s stomach. This new stomach results in a stomach that is about the size of a banana. Because the stomach has been drastically reduced, patients will get fuller faster which can decrease their calorie consumption thus leading to weight loss. 

A gastric sleeve can also reduce the amount of ghrelin the stomach produces. Ghrelin is known as the hunger hormone therefore a decrease in the hormone can reduce hunger in the patient to further support their weight loss journey.

Though reducing the size of the stomach is the main way a gastric sleeve surgery can contribute to weight loss, it’s important for patients to follow the post-operative instructions they were given by their surgeon. For patients to see the best results and not have any complications following the procedure, they must be prepared to change their diet in order to get accustomed to their new stomach size. This makes the dos and don’ts for a gastric sleeve recovery imperative.

After surgery, there are many things the patient should do. First, they should be on an all clear liquid diet for the first week or so. Solid foods or even soft foods are a don’t. Another don’t is consuming sugary drinks. Sugar can lead to dumping syndrome which includes unpleasant symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and more. Caffeine is also a don’t since it can lead to acid reflux and/or dehydration. 

The second week, patients are able to consume different kinds of liquids that don’t have to be clear such as soups, smoothies, shakes, and juice. Patients are still encouraged to avoid as much sugar as possible in their diet. The third week is when patients can begin eating soft foods such as mashed potatoes, soft boiled eggs, or even plain Greek yogurt. It’s important for the food to be mashed or pureed. Patients should completely chew their food to avoid any complications.

By the fourth week, patients can incorporate solid foods. Not only does this diet ensure a successful recovery process, it prepares the patient for the lifestyle change necessary to have long-lasting results. To learn more about the dos and don’ts of a gastric sleeve surgery, don’t hesitate to talk to one of the many qualified doctors at the Seduction Cosmetic Center

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