Gastric Sleeve Surgery, Walk to Recovery

Dr. Ariel OrtizGastric Sleeve Surgery, Walk to Recovery

Patients that resume walking as soon as possible after weight loss surgery have shown a much better recovery process the first day, than those who delay in doing so. Given the fact that walking helps patients eliminate the effects of the narcotics used in anesthesia, and also in eliminating the CO2 used for laparoscopic surgery, it is highly recommended that patients resume activities as soon as possible.

In an evaluation of our patients in post-operative care here at Obesity Control Center, I’ve noticed that the patients who quickly resume walking (during the first 2 hours post bariatric surgery), experience less pain in the upper part of their abdomen, feel less discomfort, less anxiety and have a better mind-set. Also, most of them experience a better good night sleep.

Patients who come for bariatric surgery here at Obesity Control Center are usually encouraged and assisted in walking during the first 2 hours, at least to the bathroom and back. Afterwards, patients walk at least 100 feet or more every hour, this allows the patient to reach better results in the immediate post-op period and have a more enjoyable experience. This is what makes us one of the leading choices for patients seeking weight loss surgery without the feeling of having gone thru surgery.

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