Gastric bypass surgery is a bariatric procedure that separates the stomach into two portions and connects the small intestine to both pouches. Many people considering this surgery are curious about what the healing and recovery process entails. Tijuana Bariatrics is proud to feature two highly experienced surgeons, Dr. Fernando Garcia and Dr. David Vazquez, who have performed thousands of safe, effective bariatric procedures. They can perform a procedure that allows for a smooth and quick gastric bypass surgery recovery at a fully equipped hospital in Tijuana, Mexico. To learn more, contact our office and schedule a consultation today.
The First Week
In order to allow your stomach to heal properly, patients will be restricted to a liquid diet the first few days after surgery. It is important to drink plenty of fluids (about 60 ounces a day) during this time. In addition to water, patients should be sure to drink low-calorie fluids, such as unsweetened tea and broth, to keep their electrolytes balanced. Your surgeon can make recommendations that are specific to your needs, but typically more than half of your fluids should come from water. To ensure you get enough fluids, it is a good idea to measure out the recommended amount every morning and put it into a designated container. Patients should try and spread consumption throughout the day so that the container is empty before going to bed. Having a low-calorie drink at your bedside and sipping it every 15 to 20 minutes is a great way to get your fluids safely.
Caring for the Surgical Site
Patients should be sure to keep their incisions clean and covered. It is recommended that patients gently wash the incisions daily with soap and water (no scrubbing), and dry them thoroughly. Swelling, bruising, and some fluid discharge is normal. Patients should reach out to their medical professional if there are any signs of infection, such as persistent redness, bleeding, or a change in the fluid's color or thickness.
After the First Week
The wound should be entirely closed no more than two weeks after surgery. Patients can apply specialized lotions to minimize scarring. At this point, you should also be feeling well enough to slowly ease back into some of your regular activities. Patients should engage in light exercise to encourage blood flow, while being careful not to overexert themselves. Most patients will be able to return to work about two weeks after their procedure. More strenuous exercises, such as jogging or riding a bicycle, should not be resumed until the doctor advises, which is usually at least a month after surgery.
Short-term Side Effects
It is not uncommon for patients to experience short-term side effects, which should dissipate in a matter of weeks, including:
- Nausea or vomiting – As you learn what and how much you can eat, you will be able to better prevent any stomach discomfort. A good rule of thumb is to take small bites and chew food thoroughly.
- Body aches – Aches usually pass quickly and can be managed with over-the-counter medications. Patients should check with their doctor since non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, should be avoided.
- Weakness or fatigue – When patients adjust to the bariatric diet and exercise routine, their energy should improve.
- Feeling cold – Temperature changes can be caused by changes in metabolism.
- Constipation – By drinking more fluids, eating lots of fiber (or taking supplements), and staying active, patients can reduce or altogether eliminate the risk of constipation.
- Diarrhea and gas – Identifying and avoiding foods that trigger an upset stomach or bowel irritation can allow patients to enjoy improved digestion and comfort.
- Dumping syndrome – This condition is caused by the rapid emptying of your stomach after a meal. Symptoms may include dizziness, weakness, flushing, nausea, and heart palpitations shortly after eating. With the right eating habits, patients can avoid this condition.
Contact Us Today to Learn More
The team at Tijuana Bariatrics has the expertise to provide you with a thoroughly safe and satisfying medical tourism experience. If you are ready to take the next step closer to enjoying a happier and healthier you, please reach out to us today. We are happy to discuss the gastric bypass procedure with you and how it can help you achieve results that are truly life-transforming.