Sleeve Gastrectomy Post-operative care
The hospital stay after surgery is generally three to five days. After the procedure you will start on clear fluids only (water, black tea, broth, juices). These will need to be sipped slowly in small amounts. An x-ray study is performed after the operation to check the size of the stomach pouch and to exclude a leak from the stapled edge of the stomach. You will then be able to have free fluids for the rest of your hospital stay. During the next 4 to 6 weeks, while your body heals, you will gradually increase the texture and volume of the food you take. Further information, including a dietary guidelines booklet, will be provided at your appointment with the dietitian.
The first post-operative clinic visit will be arranged about 1 to 3 weeks after surgery. At this appointment your wounds will be assessed and any other issues will be discussed.
The dietitian will phone you within the first week following surgery to review your intake. Your first post-operative clinic visit will be at 3 to 6 weeks following surgery and then 3 to 6 monthly for the first two years.