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


Do you have a Gastric Bypass or Sleeve?

We have a site dedicated to gastric bypass/sleeves. This has more focused information just for you.

Visit Bypass/Sleeve Site

Do you have a Gastric Band or Balloon

We hope you will join us and become a valued BandBoozled member. The advice with a gastric band or balloon is vastly different to other types of Bariatric Surgery so let the experts help give you the information and support you need to ensure your weight loss journey is a success.

There is NO joining fee, and you can enjoy your first month free when you sign up for 3 - Usual price £9.99 a Month thereafter

Read More
BandBoozled LTD is registered in England and Wales under number 10769332 with its registered office: 10 Eden avenue, ST HELENS, MERSEYSIDE, WA11 8HT.

For any issues regarding your log in/membership please contact If you have any questions regarding your band journey please submit your questions on the forum in 'The Cafe' thanks
To contact Bandboozled -

members of