Type of Surgery
Last updated: 11/24/2009
days on average. The length of time that you stay in the hospital will depend largely on whether there were any complications during the surgery, if you have any co-existing medical conditions that would complicate recovery and how quickly your body recovers in the time immediately following the operation. This recovery time is used to monitor wound healing but also to ensure that a restricted diet is followed in the few critical days after surgery. Remember that nearly nine-tenths of the stomach is permanently removed in a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, so ingestion of food needs to be restricted. During this time patients should expect to consume a liquid only diet, such as broth, for the first two weeks following the procedure. After that, the diet will be advanced to soft, pureed foods for a time before a trial of solid foods can be explored. The size of these meals is considerably less than what the patient had consumed prior to the procedure. It is very important to maintain control of meal size, especially soon after the surgery.
The video provides a detailed look at the bariatric surgery known as sleeve gastrectomy. The narrator explains how sleeve gastrectomy leads to weight loss for the bariatric patient.
The average Bariatric Surgery patient is a woman in her late 30s who weighs approximately 300 pounds in 2004.
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