Gastric Sleeve - What to Expect During Week Two

July 20, 2015 — by Fernando Garcia
Tags: Gastric Sleeve Recovery

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A few days ago, we looked at gastric sleeve (sleeve gastrectomy) and what patients can expect as they heal. Let's continue looking at the recovery process by focusing on the second week after the surgery has been performed.

General Expectations: The Second Week of Gastric Sleeve Recovery

As patients enter their second week of recovery, they should notice a mild improvement in overall side effects, at least with regard to soreness and discomfort. Fatigue may still be an issue, though with a little walking to promote circulation, this should no longer be as significant.

By the second week, patients will be able to alter their diet slightly, graduating from clear liquids to others kinds of fluids as they transition back to solid foods.

Common Side Effects in the Second Week of Gastric Sleeve Recovery

As with the first week of recovery, patients will typically notice issues with soreness, changes in mood, dry skin, sensations of cold, and a feeling akin to the flu. These are all normal, and they typically are improved in the second week after surgery.

Your Diet During the Second Week of Gastric Sleeve Recovery

During the second week of recovery, patients will add proteins to their liquid diet. It's recommended that patients take this slowly to avoid stomach pain and digestive discomfort. Some foods approved for the second week diet include protein powders, soups that have soft noodles, creamy soups that are thin, non-fat yogurt, sugar-free pudding, and sugar-free sorbet.

Activities to Avoid During the Second Week of Gastric Sleeve Recovery

To ensure optimal healing, patients should avoid the following until their surgeon says otherwise:

  • Strenuous physical activities
  • Heavy lifting
  • Sexual activity
  • Bending over at the waist
  • Consuming alcohol
  • Consuming caffeinated beverages
  • Using tobacco products

Very Light Activity Will Help with Healing and Circulation

Patients should continue to walk around to promote circulation, and very light stretching may be recommended as well. Promoting circulation will be key to preventing complications and ensuring a problem-free recovery.

Keep in Contact with Your Bariatric Surgeon in Case of Serious Concerns

Even though patients will not be near the practice by the second week after surgery, they should feel free to contact the practice if they have any questions or concerns about their healing experience. This will allow patients to have peace of mind, and for any issues to be addressed in a timely manner.

Learn More About Gastric Sleeve Surgery

If you would like more information about gastric sleeve surgery and how it can have a positive impact on your overall health and wellness, be sure to contact our weight loss surgery center today. Dr. Fernando Garcia and his entire team looks forward to your visit and helping you achieve a healthier lifestyle.