Taking Time Off Work After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

January 19, 2015 — by Fernando Garcia
Tags: Gastric Sleeve Recovery

A patient and his wife speak to a doctorDr. Fernando Garcia and Dr. David Vazquez of Tijuana Bariatrics believe that the sleeve gastrectomy is one of the ideal options for surgical weight loss. Also known as gastric sleeve, the procedure makes the stomach smaller to promote safe and rapid weight loss.

Even though modern surgical techniques have allowed bariatric surgeons to avoid open surgery and achieve exceptional overall results by avoiding major incisions, the procedure is a major one given how it revises the stomach size, your appetite, and the nature of your diet. Consequently, healing will take some time, though patients will notice major improvements in the early weeks of the procedure as they continue toward full recovery.

How long should I take off work after gastric sleeve surgery?

While some bariatric surgeons state that patients can be back to work in as soon as one week, it's more ideal for patients to take at least two weeks off. Sometimes three weeks off of work will be ideal if the patient is not feeling totally well even after the second week.

Why should my surgical recovery take that long?

As we noted above, gastric sleeve is a major change to the system and it can take time for your body to make the adjustments necessary for optimal healing. Getting lots of rest early on aids in the overall healing process.

Patients will also note an adjustment period when it comes to their diet, starting with liquids only and then slowly incorporating more soft foods on the road back to solids. While patients will often feel energized by the early weight loss, some fatigue is normal as patients get used to their new diet.

Is there anything I can do to speed up the healing process early on?

The best way to speed up the healing process is to have a good and full healing period in those first days and weeks. This means a focus on healing and getting ample rest so your body is given the right amount of time to recover.

Yet patients should not just lie back when recovering. As soon as they are able, patients should walk around a little at their home. This will promote circulation and prevent the formation of blood clots and other potential complications.

Stay In Touch with Our Team During the Recovery Process

During those early days and weeks of your recovery, it's important that you keep in touch with our team. We will be able to provide you with answers to questions that you may have, and we can help you with any pressing concerns that may be on your mind. Getting this sort of care is crucial for problem-free healing early on and good recovery results in the long run.

Remember: Be Patient and Do Not Push Yourself Too Soon

While you may want to get back to work as soon as possible, be sure to take the time off that you need. There is no shame in taking an extra week off work and slowly transitioning back into your work duties if needed. Taking care in that first month of healing will help ensure successful bariatric surgery.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Fernando Garcia and Dr. David Vazquez

For more information about gastric sleeve surgery and how it can help you achieve a more ideal weight and better health, it's important that you contact our weight loss surgery center today. The team at Tijuana Bariatrics will work closely with you to ensure that you receive the help you need to be as healthy as possible.