Can I have dressing after gastric sleeve?
At the end of the operation, your surgeon may apply adhesive dressings to the single incision and/or other wounds. Some surgeons do not use any dressings post operatively.
How long does it take to fully recover from gastric sleeve surgery?
On average, it takes about 2-3 weeks for the incisions to heal and 6-8 weeks for the stomach staple line to heal. After one month, most people can begin a normal exercise routine and are well on the way to being fully recovered.
What are the restrictions after gastric sleeve surgery?
Avoid lifting anything heavier than 20 to 30 pounds, or doing push or pull motions such as vacuuming, during the first six weeks after surgery. Avoid heavy work such as lifting, carrying or pushing heavy loads for the first three months after surgery. Avoid sitting and standing without moving for long periods.
Can I take my compression garment off at night?
The compression garment must be worn 24/7 even when you sleep, you will be only allowed to take it off when you shower.
Should I sleep in an abdominal binder?
Commercial binders shouldn’t be worn for more than 8 consecutive hours or while sleeping.
When can I shower after gastric sleeve surgery?
You can shower 48 hours after your surgery, but you must wait 1 week before you are able to soak in a bathtub. Gently pat your incision dry when it gets wet after bathing.
How should I sleep after gastric sleeve?
You need to sleep in a sitting position.
You cannot sleep on your stomach for two to three weeks after the surgery to avoid complications. Like any major surgeries, you need to sleep in a semi-sitting position. Some patients complain about post-surgery insomnia due to the uncomfortable sleeping position.
How painful is gastric sleeve recovery?
Pain is still bearable for most people. Patients often experience the most pain between days 3 and day 6. Pain during days 3 to 6 is common because you are up on your feet more, turning your trunk more, and generally more active than before.
How long will my stomach be swollen after gastric sleeve?
The surgery, which is also called gastric sleeve surgery, limits the amount of food your stomach can hold. The cut (incision) the doctor made in your belly will probably be sore for several weeks after the surgery.