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The eight weeks following your weight loss surgery in San Antonio will demand cautious behavior for quick recovery. Like any other surgical procedure, weight loss treatment also involves certain risks. Patients may have to deal with a number of psychological and physiological issues during this period. Nevertheless, here are simple and effective tips to ease the recovery phase for all patients.

1. Always Keep Incisions Clean

Wounds from the surgery may take up to two weeks to heal completely. Remember to wash them gently with a mild soap and water every day to avoid the risk of infection. After the wound is healed, patients may sometimes use prescribed creams to lighten scars.

2. Eat Healthy and Stay Hydrated

Start with fluids, like vegetable or bone broth (home made best), and begin consumption of high quality soft proteins once it is ok with your surgeon (often one week after surgery). It is essential to monitor your electrolytes, vitamin levels and overall nutritional status as a weight loss is realized. It is highly recommended that patients belong to a comprehensive medical and surgical weight loss clinic.

3. Avoid Certain Over-the-Counter Medicines

Medicines without physician approval must never be taken after bariatric surgery. Most commonly, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen may irritate the stomach. For a more detailed list refer to your patient information booklet or ask your weight management team.

4. Join a Support Group

Remember, your weight loss journey can be filled with fun and excitement as well as trials and tribulations., therefor having a strong support system is vital to your recovery. Apart from rendering psychological support, these groups for patients with similar health profiles may help you to stay motivated in the long term. Bariatric surgery demands several lifestyle changes, which come easily when you are working as a group.

  1. October 23, 2015

    These are great tips Dr. Alvarez.

  2. October 23, 2015

    I can add one more thing Dr. Alvarez. From my experience even if you don’t feel good after surgery, you need to get up and move.

  3. November 9, 2015

    I found that there is so many support groups online, such as Facebook, there’s a group called Gastric Bypass, also http://www.bariatriceating.com, http://www.obesityhelp.com/ and found many of my childhood friends that have gone thru the same surgery and has helped me a lot of what to expect and how to be strong on those tough days. Best of all…I love the fact that I have the best Bariatric surgeon in Dr. Alvarez!!!

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