There's an important reason why Dr. Fernando Garcia's Tijuana weight loss surgery practice is so popular with patients abroad: he takes time to answer all questions and address all concerns about bariatric procedures. Only by taking this approach to weight loss surgery can patients feel confident in the choices they make and the procedures that they'd like to undergo, such as gastric sleeve (sleeve gastrectomy).
We've spent this month considering patients expectations for the first weeks of recovery after gastric sleeve is performed. Let's continue by considering the patient recovery experience for week three.
General Expectations: The Third Week of Gastric Sleeve Recovery
As healing continues in the third week, gastric sleeve patients will incorporate more foods into their diet that are soft, and they will also notice a general improvement in overall wellness. Some weight loss should be noticeable around this time or by the fourth week, typically around 20 pounds, give or take.
Common Side Effects in the Third Week of Gastric Sleeve Recovery
Patients should notice that the side effects experienced in prior weeks are much more manageable and tolerable, with soreness and fatigue less pronounced than in previous weeks.
Your Diet During the Third Week of Gastric Sleeve Recovery
During the third week, patients will be able to incorporate more soft foods into their diet on the road back to solids. Some common soft foods that get added to the diet by week three include eggs, non-dairy milks (almond milk, coconut milk), low-fat cottage cheese, hummus, mashed bananas, mashed avocado, soft vegetables, steamed fish, canned tuna, ground chicken, ground beef.
Keep in mind that even these soft foods should be eaten slowly and chewed thoroughly. This will help patients get into the habit of savoring their food and noting their level of hunger/satiation.
Activities to Avoid During the Third Week of Gastric Sleeve Recovery
Patients will be asked to avoid strenuous activities as well as using tobacco products and consuming alcoholic beverages. This is just a precaution to ensure healing that is free from complications.
Continued Light Activity Helps with Healing
By the third week, many patients will be able to engage in light forms of exercise. This means that patients can do a bit more in terms of physical activity when they walk or stretch. Overexertion should be avoided, though patients should feel more comfort moving around and getting light exercise in daily.
Keep in Contact with Your Bariatric Surgeon in Case of Serious Concerns
Patients should continue to turn to their bariatric surgeon for advice and guidance at this stage of recovery. Again, getting information about diet, activity level, and other matters at this stage offers much needed peace of mind for many patients, and it may be just what you need as you come close to finishing your first month of a new you.
Learn More About Gastric Sleeve Surgery
If you would like to learn more about gastric sleeve and the positive impact it can make on your health and wellness, be sure to contact our weight loss surgery center today. Dr. Fernando Garcia and his team will help you look and feel your very best.