How Long Is Recovery for Gastric Sleeve?

Once you get bariatric surgery, you are looking at a promising future where you’ll enjoy improved health and energy. But before you reach your goals, you have to get through a few trials. One of which is the recovery period. If you get the gastric sleeve in Arizona, what can you expect the recovery period to be like? Let’s take a look.

How Long Is Recovery for Gastric Sleeve?

First, How Long Does It Take to Recover From Gastric Sleeve?

Gastric sleeve surgery is in the middle ground of bariatric procedures when it comes to recovery time. While it requires more downtime than, say, the gastric balloon, most patients are up and moving like normal much sooner than they would be with gastric bypass or the duodenal switch.

On average, the outer sutures are fully healed in about 3 weeks. For the internal staples, it can take 6-8 weeks for complete healing. At this point, you will be able to transition to solid foods. Most people are already able to head back to work at the one-week mark, assuming they do not need to do any heavy lifting as part of their job. Those that do might be able to return but on restrictions.

The Gastric Sleeve Recovery Timeline

While it is good to know the overall length of the recovery period, the truth is that there is more to know than just how long it takes to recover from VSG surgery. Let’s break things down a bit more.

The Day of Your Surgery

When you wake up from your gastric sleeve procedure, you won’t likely feel all that much. Due to the pain medications, most people experience minimum discomfort but often a decent amount of grogginess. You likely will not be eating at all on this day and won’t get out of your hospital bed except to use the bathroom and move a small amount to promote healing.

Going Home

The next day, most gastric sleeve patients are cleared to return home. Before being cleared, patients need to pass a swallow test. The after-surgery pain is typically more noticeable at this point, but there will still be medications you can take, even after you go home. You will be expected to move a little more than the day before. On this day, you start consuming clear liquids.

The Next Two Weeks

Once you are home, you will steadily notice your pain lessening and possibly stopping entirely. During the first week, you will slowly transition from clear liquids to other liquids, and by the end of that week, you should be cleared to return to work. While you will be able to move more and more, your energy may be depleted since you are adjusting to a reduced-calorie diet.

Week Three Into Month Three

During this time, all pain should subside. At the start, you will begin your transition into pureed foods from liquids, sticking to items that easily liquefy in a blender. You will slowly increase the thickness of these purees, then, at about one month out from surgery, transition into soft foods. Once you hit this mark, you will slowly make your way to more solid foods until you are eating your new normal diet.

If you have concerns about recovery from gastric sleeve in Arizona, schedule a consultation. We’d be happy to answer your questions.