Following your gastric sleeve in antalya Surgery, you will need to allow yourself a suitable time to recover, and you will most likely receive a nutrition plan from your Doctor. This article outlines how you can ensure your recovery goes smoothly, and what you should and shouldn’t eat to ensure you maintain a healthy weight going forward.
As you recover from the effects of surgery, you will only be able to consume liquids for the first few weeks, in doing this you are giving your stomach the time it needs to recuperate and recover, this will ensure you can handle more solid foods as your diet progresses in the upcoming weeks.
Two weeks post-surgery
You will likely be on a diet of soft pureed foods for the next few weeks. These include soft vegetables, soft cheeses, soups and yogurt. There should be no solid pieces of food in your mixture. Ensure your intake of fluids is relatively high as dehydration could potentially set you back further. Your surgeon will recommend an exercise routine which will typically involve simple daily walks. Generally, patients at this stage in their recovery are advised to walk approximately four times a day, for around 5 to 10 minutes at a time. More demanding forms of exercise are not recommended at this time, especially weight training.
Three weeks to three months post-surgery
Approval from a Doctor will mean that you can add soft, solid foods to your diet. These include finely diced meats, canned or soft fresh fruit as well as cooked vegetables. Typically, this diet will last for around eight weeks before you get the clearance to eat solid foods. After 30 days your activity level will also gradually increase. Your surgeon may recommend swimming and low-impact aerobic exercises to help improve your fitness and general well-being.
Three months after surgery and beyond
By now you should have the approval to consume solid foods. It is important that you ease yourself back into this diet as spicy and crunchy foods can still be extra harsh. Eat slowly to ensure your food can digest adequately, and don’t feel alarmed if you feel full after just a few bites. You will be in regular contact with a dietician. It may be worth keeping a food diary and sharing this with them, so they can give you more tips.
Activity wise your routine will continue to develop. If there are any exercises you are wondering whether or not they are appropriate at this stage of your recovery, run it by your surgeon. Generally, you will need to wait six months before you can lift weights again in the meantime you can continue walking and start jogging.
By following your post-surgery diet and exercise advice, you can ensure your recovery goes well, and you can look forward to your future with optimism. All the best!