Tips for Recovering From Weight Loss Surgery Quickly

After weight loss surgery, it’s natural to be excited about returning to real life and showing off your new results. However, it’s important that you take the right steps and use caution. 

Take a moment to learn more as Dr. Robert Snow of Snow Bariatric Center shares these six important tips for recovering from weight loss surgery quickly. 

Follow your doctor’s instructions

First and foremost, do what Dr. Snow advises after weight loss surgery — you receive detailed post-op guidelines for a reason. These guidelines include: 

Following Dr. Snow’s post-op instructions for weight loss surgery is the best way to ensure you experience a speedy and successful recovery. 

Hone your diet and eating habits

After your weight loss surgery, Dr. Snow provides you with a list of foods you can and cannot eat. At first, you may need to stick to soft foods. But once you return home, you’re able to expand your food options a bit. This is a great time to start shifting your diet to include plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and healthy whole grains (if you haven’t already!). 

Not only will a healthy diet help you recover from weight loss surgery faster, eating the right foods can help you develop sustainable healthy habits for the long-term, which is critical to maintaining your results. And don’t forget that a healthy diet includes staying hydrated!

Plan for recovery at home

A successful recovery at home begins before you ever have the procedure. Before surgery, make sure your home is ready to support a speedy recovery. Ask yourself questions like: 

Start small with exercise 

Almost immediately following surgery, you will be asked to start exercising. Keep in mind, however, this doesn’t mean a gym workout. Rather, Dr. Snow or your recovery assistant shows you helpful exercises to speed recovery, such as: 

You should also take short walks around your hospital room or hospital wing to keep your blood flowing and prevent blood clots. Once you return home, you should continue to take walks and perform the exercises you learned during recovery. 

Dr. Snow’s post-op instructions will detail specific exercise guidelines for your case, but here are some general activity guidelines to expect after weight loss surgery:

If you’re itching to exercise more, talk to Dr. Snow about your options.

Watch for symptoms 

Certain physical symptoms can be a sign of complications after weight loss surgery. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact Dr. Snow right away: 

Follow up with Dr. Snow

One of the most important pieces of the recovery puzzle is coming back for your follow-up appointments. These appointments are critical for Dr. Snow to see how you’re doing post-op, and to intervene if anything is wrong. 

To learn more about weight loss surgery, visit our bariatric surgery FAQ page. To make an appointment with Dr. Snow, call Snow Bariatric Center or request an appointment online at one of our Texas clinics. You can also send us a message here on our website.  

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