Patients, after weight loss surgery, expect a lot of great things to come in the future, but are there things that they shouldn’t do during the post-op period?
Things to avoid
There are a small number of things that patients should avoid after surgery during the first 3 weeks.
First of all is to not take in liquids too quickly. Patients normally come with a habit of guzzling in water. It’s very important to form the habit of slowly drinking water; little sips at a time so that their stomach doesn’t swell up because of the distention it can cause.
Second, patients shouldn’t use hot tubs, Jacuzzis, saunas or pools for the first 3 weeks post-op in order to allow the wounds to heal up properly and avoid infections.
Third, shouldn’t try to bend over or try to lift heavy objects from the ground. This is because patients are recovering from the sutures of the wall of their abdomen, and it’s easy to strain their muscles and the suture can pop off, causing the wound to be open inside and probably result in a hernia.
The recovery process can be a fun experience, just as long as patients take the necessary precautions in order to achieve the best results and start their journey to feeling and looking great.