What to Expect After Bariatric Surgery 2018-04-14T19:59:16+00:00

What to Expect After Bariatric Surgery


Most people experience low energy levels after bariatric surgery. Make sure you have help at home for the first few days, especially if you are a caregiver for young children or elderly family members. Avoid driving or operating heavy machinery while you take your prescription painkillers. It’s OK to shower 24 hours after your surgery, unless specifically instructed not to by your surgeon. Gentle soap products (like baby soap) are often easier on your skin after surgery. Make time to heal. Intersperse your periods of rest with 10-20 minute walks and deep breathing. You may experience periods of sadness – this is quite normal and perhaps related to all the medications you may have received while in surgery.


Following your surgery: If you had bariatric surgery, you must follow the Stage 1 Dietary guidelines outlined in the handout given to you by our Dietitian. For all other types of surgery, it is a good idea to be on a bland, soft diet until you have a normal bowel movement.

Physical Limitations:

Do not lift more than 10 pounds for 4 weeks following your surgery.


Although there are no risks, you should get creative and do things that you find more comfortable for the first 2 weeks after surgery.

Listen to your body:

If something hurts, DON’T DO IT! If you need advice, please call our office – we will be happy to help you.

If you have any questions about what to expect after bariatric surgery that we haven’t addressed on this page, make sure to bring them up in your next surgical consultation or feel free to call our office at 858.457.4917.