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Yalim Uctum MD Tells the Recovery Period of Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery

Sleeve-Gastrectomy

By Emel Gerdaneri • Medical review by Yalim Uctum, MD

Yalım Uctum MD Tells the Recovery Period of Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery

If you are preparing to undergo gastric reduction, sleeve gastrectomy, or medically called sleeve gastrectomy, you must be wondering what you will experience afterward.

We asked our questions to Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Specialist Yalim Uctum,MD: how many days to recover after stomach reduction surgery, and what to eat after sleeve gastrectomy surgery.
Yalim Uctum MD
“In all sleeve gastrectomy surgery, we take about 80% of the stomach, so that the stomach takes the shape of a tube and in this way, we ensure that the patient can be satiated with less food.

Of course, sleeve gastrectomy not only benefits obesity, but also treats weight-related co-morbidities such as type 2 diabetes or sleep apnea.

Moreover, almost all 95% of those who have had weight loss surgery say their quality of life has also improved. People who have gastric sleeve surgery lose about 40% of their excess weight.

“You can even go back to work after 1 week”

workGastric sleeve surgery is performed with the laparoscopic surgical technique, that is, it is an operation in which the surgeon makes small incisions and the cut part of the stomach is removed from one of these incisions.

Small incisions mean a comfortable healing process to a large extent. After stomach reduction surgery, most people stay in the hospital for 2 to 3 days and return to their normal activities within 3 to 5 weeks.

Even if you are doing a desk job, you can even return to work after 1 week. Of course, if the surgery has to be "open", that is, if the surgeon has to make a larger incision, the healing process will be prolonged.

Things to Know About Eating After Sleeve Gastric Sleeve

eating If we come to your question of how to eat after sleeve gastrectomy surgery, a bariatric diet is applied after weight loss surgery.

You move on to the solid food process by chewing liquid for a while, porridge for a while, and then chewing a lot. This process is completed within the first month.

The rest, especially during the first 6 months, should be eaten with small bites and chewed a lot.

Your portions should be as large as your palms, because the small stomach created by weight loss surgery can only take so much.

You can stop eating as soon as you feel full. Large meals can cause eating problems.

Protein is Important

proteinYou should eat well, consume mainly protein, drink water and avoid high-calorie foods.

Particular attention should be paid to solid-liquid separation, fluid intake should be stopped for half an hour before and after meals, and liquids should not be consumed with meals.

In my clinic, we offer programs to help my patients transition to a healthy lifestyle and guide them through their recovery period and nutritional issues after gastric sleeve surgery. “


Written on 22/08/2022

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Last Update: 22/08/2022

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