Laparoscopic Surgery Recovery
Laparascopy is an advanced technique to perform bariatric surgery and other weight loss surgery procedures. The procedure will have unique recovery needs for each patient depending on the extent of surgery performed and their body’s innate ability to heal. During the initial consultation, the surgeon will discuss all aspects of the procedure, including the estimated recovery.
Dr. Wiljob Beltre is a leading bariatric surgeon heading the Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery. Dr. Beltre adopts cutting edge surgical techniques to deliver safe and predictable results with minimal downtime. He receives patients from Orlando, Tampa, Maitland, Central Florida, and surrounding communities.
Once the weight loss procedure or bariatric surgery is completed, the patient will be moved to the recovery room to monitor the respiratory status and other vital signs. If there are noticeable concerns, the patient may be sent to surgical intensive care unit for further monitoring. Many patients may experience abdominal pressure during the immediate post-op phase, which is a normal occurrence. The patient should notify the attending nurse of any discomfort.
The patient is transferred to the nursing unit after the go-ahead from the anesthesiologist. A hospital stay of two to five days may be required in a weight loss surgery, depending on the type of procedure performed and other factors. The patient will be on pain medications during the hospital stay and provided a diet of clear liquids. Once they can ingest pureed food, they may be discharged from the hospital.
With the assistance of the nursing staff, the patient should begin walking possibly within hours of the procedure. This supports the blood flow and reduces the risk of clotting. Blood thinner dosage will also be administered before and after surgery. Walk should continue at home as much as possible. As an experienced bariatric surgeon, Dr. Beltre will provide detailed post-op instructions to his patients in Orlando, Tampa, Maitland, Central Florida, and nearby locations.
Recovery at Home
Most patients can return to work within one to two weeks after the procedure. However, those who go back to work earlier than two weeks should accept a reduced time schedule and then gradually work back to a full time routine. Meals at the workplace as well as at home must be eaten slowly to allow for proper digestion.
The patient must not lift weights heavier than 25 pounds for at least a month. This is a critical requirement. The patient can begin showering 24 hours after the procedure. They can allow soapy water to run over the incision area and dry the area gently afterwards.
Other Recovery Guidelines
The patient may sleep in any comfortable position at home. In the first week, some patients may have trouble sleeping. They may take pain medications right before bed time to feel better and get more sleep at night. A new exercise routine as well as regular household activity should begin immediately after returning home following the procedure. Exercise will improve the patient’s energy level and help them lose weight. Exercise will help them keep the weight off as well.
To find out more about the procedures & treatments performed by Orlando Bariatric Surgeon, Dr. Wiljon Beltre, at The Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Call 321-499-6505 or Click Here to Schedule a Consultation.
Please note: If the weight is regained, diabetes and other conditions could return.