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Post Surgery Recovery – Bypass/Sleeve

Everyone is different with their recovery, but you will need to take it easy after bypass/sleeve surgery. Every provider will have their own guidelines on how to best recover but these can be used as a general guide:


  • Expect to stay in hospital for a day or two
  • Do nothing too strenuous for the first 6-8 weeks after surgery, but it is encouraged that you keep up and mobile straight from the off to aid recovery and help prevent any post op complications.
  • Bathe as your provider has instructed.  We would advise not to submerge your wounds in a bath until you are scab free – run your finger over the scars and they should feel smooth
  • Flying is generally fine following surgery – you can fly home if you need to but refrain from drinking (or eating) on the plane whilst everything is healing. Your provider will have their own guidelines
  • Ensure you have nourishing liquids after your surgery – ones that contain protein (more ideas in the Members area)
  • Painkillers should be soluble – paracetamol or co – codamol
  • Make sure you drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated – urine colour should be pale and straw coloured
  • Observe for any signs of infection and call your provider if you are worried – high temp, oozing or seeping/redness or heat at the wound sites or any additional swelling
  • Surgical pain is expected to some degree, but if your getting pain or discomfort on drinking – sip slowly and have a rest between each sip and if there is still discomfort then call your aftercare team


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