One question a lot of people have when getting ready for a Gastric sleeve is “how long does it take to recover from gastric sleeve surgery?”
This is a great question and we are going to lay out what to expect so you can be as prepared as possible before having your surgery and starting your new life!
How you approach the recovery process will determine the success of your surgery and weight loss journey!
First, let’s explain what the Gastric Sleeve surgery is:
Gastric Sleeve surgery is the procedure by which a bariatric surgeon will go in and remove approximately 80% of your stomach.
This will drastically reduce the amount of food your stomach can hold at one time, which in turn will make you eat less food and lose weight.
Now, this is not some magic formula that will automatically grant you success, you still have to be willing to put in the consistent work and follow the guidelines laid out by your surgeon and dietitian.
How long does it take to recover from gastric sleeve surgery?
When looking at the recovery process, we like to think about it in three different stages.
Stage 1 recovery will focus on immediately after surgery and up to two weeks. This is where you will focus on letting your incisions heal, and begin adapting to your new post-op life.
Stage 2 will focus on adding in normal activities and finishing out your 4-phase post-op diet.
Stage 3 will focus on long-term weight loss (reaching your goal weight). This will be different for everyone since it will take some people longer than others to reach their goal weight. Once goal weight is reached, you will focus on maintaining for the remainder of your journey.
Stage 1 – First two weeks
Depending on the surgery you had you will likely be required to stay for 1-2 days in the hospital so you can be monitored and make sure no complications arise immediately after surgery.
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