Bariatric Surgery

Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Recovery

For obese adolescents the advantages of bariatric surgery cannot be overstated. Childhood obesity increases the risk of early onset of chronic health conditions as adults including:

  • the risk of high blood pressure and high cholesterol risk factors for heart disease;
  • impaired glucose metabolism, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes;
  • sleep apnea and asthma;
  • joint problems;
  • reflux and fatty liver;
  • psychological problems like depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and poor quality of life; as well as social problems such as stigma, and fat shaming.
  • Obese teens are more likely to become obese adults with increased risks of serious health conditions.

Weight loss surgery has been proven safe and effective to improve or resolve diabetes, reduce cardiovascular risks, and result in rapid, significant, long-term weight loss. In addition, weight loss can reduce or resolve mental health problems and social issues and allow your teen to become more active.

Enhanced Recovery Protocols (ERAS)

Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics of New Jersey is a pioneer in enhanced recovery protocols (ERAS) that allow patients to resume their lives more quickly after surgery. Enhanced recovery protocols improve outcomes and provide a significant benefit in shortening of the recovery period.

Enhanced recovery protocols include avoiding the use of catheters and intra-abdominal drains, using medications to prevent blood clots, early mobilization, and early oral liquid nutrition without the need for IVs, multimodal postoperative pain management reduces the use of narcotics by about 75%, and adequate post-discharge support.

Pain management and dietary restrictions

All bariatric procedures reduce the size of the stomach which restricts the type and amount of foods that can be eaten. Initially, patients will be on a clear liquid diet, followed by a soft food diet as the body adjusts. Pain will be managed with medications. For the first few months, patients typically experience fatigue, dry skin, hair loss and mood changes as the body adjusts to a calorie restricted diet.

Your surgeon at Advanced Surgical and Bariatric Surgery of New Jersey will provide you with complete post-operative instructions on specific steps you can take to recover well and quickly, and a specific diet and exercise plan that will help you achieve your goals.

The best advice is to follow your Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics of NJ surgeon’s post-op instructions, including following your diet plan, staying hydrated, resting, walking several times a day and listening to your body. Take your time climbing stairs. You will be tired while your body adjusts to your restricted diet.

Recovery from gastric bypass surgery

Many patients are discharged within 48 hours after surgery. Most patients are able to resume normal activities within a month.

Recovery from laparoscopic Adjustable Lap Band

The lap band procedure is minimally invasive and does not alter your anatomy. It requires only a few small incisions, so there is less pain, fewer complications, smaller scars and faster recovery than with other weight loss procedures. Most patients can go home the day of surgery and return to normal activities and school within a week or so.

Recovery from a sleeve gastrectomy

A sleeve gastrectomy patient will be hospitalized for the 48 hours after surgery.  Most patients can return to school and normal activities within a month.

Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics of NJ has one of the lowest complication rates in the country. With offices in Somerset, Marlboro, Hillsborough, Princeton, and East Brunswick, serving the New Jersey and New York area, all patients receive state-of-the-art care with cutting edge techniques including laparoscopic (minimally invasive), and robotic bariatric surgical techniques.

With moderate life-style changes bariatric surgery can give your teen a better quality of life, and better health.

This page was modified on Aug 13, 2020 by Dr. Sadek (Surgeon) of Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics
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