Recovering from bariatric surgery varies from patient to patient. Typically, a full recovery will take several months and requires strict adherence to guidelines.

The professional team at Tijuana Bariatrics can help you recognize important milestones and prepare for each step of the recovery process to reduce your risk of complications.*

What should I expect during recovery from my bariatric surgery?

Typical Recovery Timeline

The Basics of Recovery

While a full recovery typically takes six months or more, following your surgeon’s direction can help to support the healing process. Eating or exercising too much or too soon can not only undermine your weight loss, but also endanger your health. Generally, the more closely you stick to your surgeon and nutritionist’s instructions, the faster and safer your recovery will be. The Tijuana Bariatrics team will schedule routine follow-up appointments by phone or online to discuss your progress, approve dietary changes, and adjust instructions. 

There are certain aspects of recovery that can significantly impact your success...

Factors to Consider

If you undergo laparoscopic bariatric surgery, your recovery may be faster...

Laparoscopic Surgery Recovery

Laparoscopic surgery recovery spans about one week. During this time, patients are advised to minimize physical strain. Patients will need to adhere to specific medical and nutritional instructions provided by Tijuana Bariatric Center associates to prevent complications and achieve the best results.

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Recovery Guidelines

Immediately after Surgery

While you may not require assistance around the house during the first week of recovery, you will need to limit your activities considerably. However, it is still important to get up and move around every day to encourage digestion and proper circulation.

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Patients will initially need to consume a nutritious liquid diet following surgery.

In terms of diet, you will be restricted to liquids while your system is healing. Patients should take care to consume water and meals slowly, in careful sips rather than gulps. Additionally, while you should avoid drinking during a meal, it is important to stay hydrated in order to prevent constipation.

The incision site typically requires at least two weeks to heal completely. Patients must take extra care of the area during this time, avoiding scrubbing during baths or showers. While some swelling, bruising, and leaking is expected, contact your surgeon immediately if you noticed chronic inflammation or a change in fluid consistency.

Short-term

With your surgeon’s approval, you can typically transition from a liquid diet to thoroughly pureed foods about three to four weeks after surgery. Most patients can also return to work and resume their daily routine at this point. While you should maintain a light exercise routine, be sure to avoid any extreme physical exertion including heavy lifting, jogging, and bike riding.

Long-term

After clearance from your surgeon, you may be able to re-introduce solids into your diet: ground or finely diced meats, canned or soft fresh fruit, and cooked vegetables. If your system tolerates this diet for at least eight weeks, you may be able to incorporate additional approved solids. Patients can also begin more moderate-impact exercise, such as swimming and light aerobic routines.

Tijuana Bariatrics

The network of physicians coordinating with Tijuana Bariatrics performs a wide range of services, including bariatric surgery and plastic surgery. By choosing Tijuana Bariatrics, you can experience safe care in luxury accommodations from a board-certified surgeon.
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2534 State Street
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San Diego, CA 92101

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2534 State Street
Ste 417
San Diego, CA 92101

Open Today 8:00am - 8:00pm

No surgery procedures provided at this location

All Hours Directions (800) 308-3607

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Diego Rivera 2386, Ste 502
Zona Urbana Río Tijuana
Tijuana, BCN 22010

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