Gastric Bypass Surgery Recovery
Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics of NJ bariatric clinic is a pioneer in enhanced recovery protocols that allow patients to resume their lives more quickly after surgery. Enhanced recovery protocols are a paradigm shift that substantially improves outcomes.
What is Enhanced Recovery (ERAS)?
ERAS is evidence-based care that requires a team of bariatric surgery doctors, anesthetists and an ERAS coordinator.
An enhanced recovery protocol includes 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, and adequate post-discharge support.
What are the benefits of ERAS?
The benefits of ERAS are reduced hospital stays and lower readmission rates. The goal is to discharge the patient as soon as they reach full functional recovery. Multimodal postoperative pain management reduces the use of narcotics by almost 74%.
Optimizing the gastric bypass surgery postoperative period with ERAS is a major benefit to patients. Early recovery of gastrointestinal function significantly contributes to decreased discomfort and shorter hospital stays, without increasing risk or significant complications. The ERAS protocol also reduces the profound stress response after gastric bypass surgery.
Studies report that the use of ERAS protocol has led to 40% of gastric bypass surgery patients being discharged from the hospital within 48 hours after surgery!
High quality post-operative care improves outcomes. ERAS protocols are safe and efficient for enhanced recovery after bariatric weight loss procedure.
What can you expect after Gastric Bypass surgery?
- A shorter recovery with less pain, less time in the hospital, and lower risk of complications
- A moderate length of recovery
- Return to work and semi-normal activity in less than one month
- Loss of 80% of excess weight
- Improved or resolved conditions like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and high cholesterol, and a reduced risk of heart disease, GERD, and stroke
- In the first 6 months after surgery, your body will react to rapid weight loss and can appear as body aches, fatigue, dry skin, thinning hair and hair loss, and mood changes.
- You will be on a calorie – restricted diet and it will take time for your body to adjust. Because your stomach is smaller it will take less food to make you feel full.
The best advice is to follow your Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics of NJ surgeon’s 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.
At Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics of NJ, Dr. Ragui Sadek is dedicated to the success of his patients both preoperatively and post-operatively. The dedication to quality care includes treating patients as a family member should be treated, with respect, compassion, dignity and love.
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 deliver a better quality of life, and better health. Contact Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics of NJ to learn about weight loss surgery. We offer free bariatic surgery seminars and webinars to help you learn about weight loss surgery. When you are ready to take action, you will be in the right place to realize a new beginning!