16 August 2008

Aftercare is absolutely crucial to your success
  1. After the procedure, you will be taken to the recovery room for observation. Once your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing are stable and you are alert, you will be taken to your hospital room.
  2. Malabsorptive stomach surgery usually requires an in-hospital stay of several days.You may receive pain medication as needed, either by a nurse or by administering it yourself through a device connected to your intravenous line.
  3. You will be encouraged to move around as tolerated while you are in bed, and then to get out of bed and walk around as your strength improves.
  4. At first you will receive fluids through an IV. After a day or two you will be given liquids, such as broth or clear juice, to drink.
  5. As you are able to tolerate liquids, you will be given thicker liquids, such as porridge, pudding, milk, or cream soup, followed by foods that do not have to chew, such as hot cereal or pureed foods.
  6. Your physician will instruct you about how long to eat pureed foods after surgery. By one month after the procedure, you may be eating solid foods.
  7. You will be instructed about taking nutritional supplements to replace the nutrients lost due to the reconstruction of the digestive tract.
  8. Before discharged from the hospital, arrangements will be made for a follow-up visit with your physician to review of the gastric band at 2 weeks.

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