Bariatric Surgery or Weight Loss Surgery – Types, Complications and Results

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Post Operative Care After Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery generally takes 2-2 ˝ hrs, and the surgeon will normally inform the family after surgery has been completed.

► The patient recovers in the recovery room from the effects of anaesthesia, after 2-3 hr

► Once fully recovered the patient will be wheeled to their bed or room in the hospital.

► Patients may have a nasogastric tube (NG), an IV and a Foley catheter in their bladder.

► The NG is usually removed 1-2 days later, after an x-ray of the new pouch has been taken.

► After 2-3 days the patient can begin drinking water and about 60ml of a dietary supplement such as Boost, Horlicks or other similar food supplements.

► The patient will remain on liquids for the first 2 weeks after surgery, drinking the supplement for meals.

► The other liquids patients may have are decaffeinated coffee or tea, skimmed milk, broth (kanji), water, diluted fruit juice (1/3 juice mixed with 2/3 water) and sugar-free ice candies.

► The patient must avoid at all costs sweetened and/or carbonated beverages and adding sugar in their liquids.

► Average hospital stay is from 5 to 7 days depending on the physique of the patient.

► Patients must be able to drink adequate amounts of fluid before they can be discharged home.


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tammy6, United States

how long is healing period for lap band surgery

bebe1, United States

hello, i too had gb in 97 great until i started with dv in 2005 2008 and now will not go away. am being tested for same thing mg. so far everything is neg. i think it is my gb also. the dumping side of life going to see if i can get into seeing gb surgeon to see if they have an idea?! dont want to scare you but have had friends pass from these same issues. stay on top of this. you know there are not any long term studies on gb. we will be the studies. i have started keeping up with everything i put in my mouth to see if it is affecting my feeling and dv. i take two b12 shots a month and 50,000 units of vit d and 325mg times 3 daily of iron.will have to the rest of my life .keep pushing for answers and have to be your own advocate. God bless . good luck.

kosterholt, United States

please I hope you read this I know this post was 3 years old but it a shot my wife just had the surgery and now has double vision and blurred vision the doctors say its the anesthesia but I do not think so can you tell me if it ever got better

andrea, United States

In addition to my other letter. I also am having trouble with a foot that is going numb. Neruopathy from lack of vitamin b-12 and I am having trouble with my eye sight. I have double vision. they are testing me for mysethina gravis and MS. I am suffering daily all I believe due to the gastric bypass surgery.. I maybe wrong but I was without any of these problems before the surgery.. My dr. once said for being 333lbs. you'd never know it looking at all of my health issues or lack of and lab work. my health status was great I only was fat...I'd do anything to not have done this surgery and have my healthy fat life back...I can't believe I did this surgery so I could do more funny, I suffer daily in pain, losing my teeth, losing feeling in my foot and most of all I have to close my left eye to see or I'll see double vision. that takes away your independence.. OH what I wouldn't do to be a healthy fat functioning independently daily....

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