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Post Bariatric Surgery| I'm Home! What to Expect?




What to Expect at Home


Now that you have had gastric bypass surgery. because these types of surgery have altered your stomach size or food digestion pathway. It will change the way your body handles the food you consume. It will help you eat less food, and your body will not absorb all the calories from the food you eat.


Your health care provider will teach you about foods you can eat and foods you should avoid. It is very important to follow these diet guidelines. You can also research many dietary suggestions online and review them with your HCP.


When you go Home From the Hospital


You will be started on a liquid then advanced to a puréed diet. This diet will evolve for a given or taken for 2 or 3 weeks after the surgery. As you heal, you will be able to slowly add in soft foods, then regular food.


When you start eating solid foods again. Keep in mind that you will feel full very quickly at first. This is because your new stomach pouch holds only a small amount of food at first. Your pouch will get slightly larger over time.


You do not want to stretch it out, so do not eat more than your provider recommends. Keep in mind you will lose weight quickly over the first 3 to 6 months. During this time, you may:


  • Have body aches

  • Feel tired and cold

  • Have dry skin

  • Have mood changes

  • Have hair loss or thinning hair

These symptoms are normal. They should go away as you take in more protein and calories as your body gets used to your weight loss.

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