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    What is the recovery process from sleeve gastrectomy?

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  • Dr Aldenb Lorenzo

    Bariatric (Obesity) Surgeon, General Surgeon, Laparoscopic Surgeon, Upper GI Surgeon (Abdominal)

    Dr Aldenb Lorenzo is a General Surgeon focused on Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery, Bariatric/Weight Loss Surgery and Advanced Laparoscopic/Minimally Invasive Surgery. Dr Lorenzo completed his general … View Profile

    Sleeve gastrectomy is considered a less invasive option than other weight loss surgeries and typically has a shorter recovery time. Recovery typically takes several weeks. In the immediate aftermath of the surgery, patients may experience some pain and discomfort in the surgical area, as well as nausea and vomiting. Patients will typically stay in the hospital for several days to be monitored for complications and to begin the process of healing. After being discharged from the hospital, patients will need to follow a specific diet and exercise plan to ensure proper healing and to help them lose weight. The diet will start with liquids and progress to pureed and soft foods, before moving on to solid foods. Patients are usually able to return to work and other normal activities within 2-4 weeks after the surgery, but they will need to avoid strenuous activities for several weeks.

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