A Laparoscopic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy is a procedure that removes the lateral stomach and creates a sense of early satiety due to the decreased capacity of the stomach. The Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy decreases a hunger hormone which allows patients to not feel hungry although they are eating much smaller food portions.
Gastrectomy sleeve surgery is a life-changing procedure. Today, we’re discussing what surgery recovery is like, and how your life will be different after you’ve healed.
Immediately after gastrectomy sleeve surgery you will be woken up and moved to a recovery room until you are well enough to go home. After you arrive home, you’ll begin a very strict diet as your body adjusts to its new digestion method.
For the first week, you will only be able to have sugar-free, non-carbonated drinks. This can include juice, coffee, tea, and water. During the following two weeks, you will be able to add pureed foods to your personal menu. After about two weeks from your surgery date, you’ll be able to eat seafood and cooked vegetables that are soft in consistency. You will need much less food to feel full than you did before!
It’s important to be mindful of overeating during these first few weeks. Stopping when you are full or even before you feel your fullest. This can help you avoid the risk of developing severe stomach pains and cramps, which can lead to severe nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
During this time your doctor will also prescribe several vitamins and supplements to ensure your body is getting the nutrients it needs without consuming too much food.
After your body has healed from gastrectomy sleeve surgery, your life will probably look a lot different! Depending on the changes you make to your lifestyle habits, you may be able to lose up to 60% of your total body weight over the first two years. Routine daily activities will get easier to complete, and you’ll likely experience a greater quality of life. Gastrectomy sleeve surgery has also been known to reduce: heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol, sleep apnea, Type 2 diabetes, chances of stroke, and infertility.
You will be encouraged to begin a physical activity program of your choice. This can include walking, running, biking, dancing, or any other form of activity that you enjoy. The point is to get moving and enjoy the health benefits of an active lifestyle.
You will also have frequent medical check-ups to monitor your vitals, discuss symptoms with your doctor, and manage prescriptions. At these visits you can talk with your doctor about how you’re feeling and get personalized advice to make the most of your gastrectomy sleeve surgery results.
Begin Your New Life Today!
The journey to a more fulfilling life starts by reaching out for help. To begin your weight loss journey, please contact Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Institute today. You can call us at 770-282-1322 or reach out online. We would love to speak with you about your current concerns and goals so we can develop a treatment plan that works for you!