Bariatric Surgery

Care After

Please read the instructions outlined below. Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These discharge instructions provide you with general information on care after leaving the hospital. Your surgeon may also give you specific instructions. While treatment has been planned according to the most current medical practices available, unavoidable complications sometimes happen. If you have any problems or questions after discharge, please call your surgeon.

AFTER THE PROCEDURE

  • After surgery, you will be taken to the recovery area. A nurse will watch and check your progress there. Once you're awake, stable, and taking fluids well, barring other problems you may be allowed to go home.

  • Do not drink alcohol, drive a car, use public transportation, or sign important papers for at least 1 day following surgery.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • It is normal to be sore for a couple weeks after surgery. See your surgeon if the soreness seems to be getting worse rather than better.

  • Do not resume physical activities or driving until directed by your surgeon.

  • Avoid lifting anything over 10 pounds (4.5 kg) for 6 weeks following surgery, or until approved by your surgeon.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medications for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your surgeon.

  • Resume your diet as directed by your surgeon.

  • Use showers for bathing as directed by your surgeon.

  • Change dressings as directed by your surgeon.

  • Schedule a follow-up appointment with your surgeon as directed.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • There is redness, swelling, or increasing pain in the wound.

  • There is pus coming from the wound.

  • There is drainage from the wound lasting longer than 1 day.

  • An unexplained oral temperature above 102° F (38.9° C) develops.

  • You notice a foul smell coming from the wound or dressing.

  • There is a breaking open of the wound (edges not staying together) after stitches have been removed.

  • You notice increasing pain in the shoulders (shoulder strap areas).

  • You develop dizzy episodes or faint while standing.

  • You develop shortness of breath.

  • You develop persistent nausea or vomiting.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You develop a rash.

  • You have difficulty breathing.

  • You develop, or feel you are developing, any reaction or side effects to medications.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

American Society for Bariatric Surgery: www.asbs.org

Weight-control Information Network (WIN): win.niddk.nih.gov