After surgery

After surgery, you’ll be taken to the recovery room or intensive care unit.

Nurses will closely monitor your breathing and vital signs. You’ll initially have a mask or small tubes in your nostrils giving you extra oxygen.

You may also have:

  • a drain in your abdomen to remove any excess fluid
  • a urinary catheter
  • a tube going through your nose and into your stomach
  • an IV line for delivering analgesics and fluids
  • compression stockings to help reduce your risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • blood-thinning drugs to further reduce your risk of DVT.

The nurses may recommended that you take 5 to 10 deep breaths and hold each one, once every hour. They’ll also encourage you to get up and walk around shortly after surgery.

Eating and drinking

Depending on the type of weight loss surgery you’ve had, you may not be allowed to eat for 1 or 2 days to give your stomach and digestive system time to heal. You’ll need to remain on the IV drip to stay hydrated until you can eat and drink normally. Then your dietitian will probably start you on a liquid diet.

Your hospital stay

Your length of stay in hospital depends on the type of procedure you’ve had, how well you progress and whether there are any complications.

After gastric band surgery, you may be able to go home the same day. If you go home on the day of the surgery, you’ll need someone to accompany you, as you won’t be able to drive and need someone to stay with you for the first 24 hours after your general anaesthetic.

Recovery and Aftercare

Resuming activities and watching for problems.


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