Find out How much time do I need to take off of work after bariatric surgery

How Much Time Off Work Do I Need for Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

The gastric sleeve surgical procedure is performed using laparoscopic surgical techniques, which minimizes the stress on your body, and the amount of time you need to recover.

Generally speaking, you can return to regular day-to-day functioning within about a week following the procedure. 

However, if it is at all possible, we suggest that gastric sleeve patients take two to four weeks off work to give themselves time to adjust to their new stomach and daily routine.   

What to Expect During Your Time Off Work After a Sleeve Gastrectomy

As part of your gastric sleeve post-op care program, your gastric sleeve surgeon will tell you what you can and can’t do at each stage of your recovery.

The following are among the adjustments you should be prepared to make as you recover from your surgery.

  • Rest – While you definitely should not remain in bed, you should listen to your body and not overexert yourself. A good night’s sleep will help and is also vital to your recovery.

  • Stay as Active as You Can – Try to walk every day. Walk as much as you’re comfortable doing the first day, and try to walk a little more each day. Activity gets your blood circulating, which helps things return to normal sooner.

  • No Heavy Lifting – Even though the surgery is minimally invasive, your body still needs to recover before you lift anything that might cause you to strain. We generally recommend not to lift anything heavier than a chair for 4 to 6 weeks.

  • Take a Shower – After the first 48 – 72hours, you can shower as needed. When drying off, pat the incisions dry instead of rubbing them with the towel. 

To learn more about what to expect after gastric sleeve surgery, please read “How Bariatric Surgery Changes Your Hunger, Metabolism and Even Your Tastes for Certain Foods”.

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