The First Few Days Following Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Once you wake up from surgery, you will be somewhat groggy but not feel much pain due to medication. You will have intravenous (IV) tubing in your arm for easy administration of additional pain medication when needed. Many patients will have several small incisions on the abdomen that will be sutured closed. Our staff will typically ask you to get out of bed and begin to walk short distances during your stay in the hospital. Our nutritionist will visit you in recovery, answer any questions and concerns, and outline the specifics of your nutritional counseling program.
In most cases, your surgeon will recommend not eating on the first day. The next day, you may feel more abdominal pain that can be controlled with prescription pain medications. Most patients can start on a clear liquid diet to allow the digestive system to heal and eventually ingest foods like milk, strained cream soups, or sugar-free gelatin. After adequate recovery time in the hospital, patients can return home or to their hotel.