How will gastric sleeve help me lose weight?
Most of the stomach is removed, leaving a small, banana-shaped stomach that helps restrict the amount of food you can eat at one time. This helps you feel fuller sooner and longer.
How long will I be in the hospital?
A typical hospital stay is 1-2 days after surgery.
Can I exercise or go back to work?
We will ask you to walk when you get home, but check with your surgeon about exercise programs, driving or going back to work.
Will I need to follow a special diet?
In the months before surgery we will ask you to try to eat healthier foods to lose weight and be in better shape for your surgery.
Two weeks before your surgery you will follow a liquid-only diet that will help shrink the size of your liver. This helps the surgeon do your surgery laparoscopically.
In the hospital right after surgery and when you go home your diet will be liquids only. You will slowly begin to take other foods until you are eating many types of food. This may take up to four to six weeks.
Advice to follow:
- Eat a high-protein, low-fat diet
- Eat small portions
- Eliminate sugar and sweets, carbonated drinks and alcohol
How often will I see the doctor after surgery?
You will have an appointment about two weeks after surgery, then routine visits through the first year after. After this time it is very important to see your surgeon every year.
How much weight can I expect to lose?
You may expect to lose 40% -60 % of excess weight in the first year after surgery. Long-term success depends on commitment to diet and lifestyle changes. Remember - surgery is not a quick fix. It is a tool to help you with your weight loss.
Do I need vitamins or supplements?
You will need to take vitamins for the rest of your life. Each person is different but you must take:
You will need extra liquid protein until you can eat enough food. The dietitian will discuss this with you.