Your post-operative care plan
To give you the best chance of long-term success after weight loss surgery, it’s important to follow up with our team.
Initially, you’ll start with small sips of water before progressing to a full fluid diet. The fluid diet will last for 2 weeks, allowing your new stomach pouch to heal.
The next 2 weeks you will progress to smooth pureed foods; similar to what you’d give a baby starting solids. It’s important to maintain this phase until you have met with the surgeon and dietitian.
The next step is soft foods, before progressing to smaller portions of ‘normal’ foods. You’ll have support from our dietitians along the way; they can answer any questions you have. They can also help ensure you meet your protein, calorie and vitamin and mineral requirements.
Your dietitian can help achieve a positive relationship with food, to ensure your longer term success.
After surgery it’s important to undertake light exercise as soon as possible. Smaller, frequent movements, such as walking around the house, can help enhance recovery and reduce post-operative fatigue. It’s important not to do any heavy lifting (more than 10kg) for the first 6 weeks after surgery.
High impact exercise should be avoided for the first 12 weeks; your exercise physiologist will advise you based on your individual recovery, and will assist in creating a suitable exercise program for you and answer any questions you have.
Long term follow-up
Patients achieve better long-term outcomes if there is regular post-operative follow up.
Our post-operative regime includes visits with the whole team for 2 years postop to ensure you achieve the health outcomes required.