For most people, the hospital stay lasts for just a few days. Getting back to normal activities can take slightly over a month. Is it always the same across the board or is faster for other people?
Some people suffer different side effects from the surgery and others come out just as they went in just with a smaller stomach. And of course, some people heal faster than others. Depending on the job, I think most people go back to work pretty quickly. I was back to the office within two weeks. I probably could’ve gone back sooner, but I found phase one of the diet difficult and was grumpy. You’re definitely expected to be up and moving after surgery. They want you to exercise asap because it promotes healing.
I think it’s important for people to be honest with themselves when they’re trying to determine whether they’ll struggle. Just weigh the behavior and how your body has responded in the past. If you’re someone who has a low-tolerance for pain, then yeah, it’ll likely take longer to resume your normal activities since you’re unlikely to keep pushing through the pain. If you’re someone who has always struggled to overcome illnesses and infections, then yeah, the incision is likely to take longer to heal. I you’re a picky eater, then yeah, the diet will be a real pain. If you have a prior disease not brought on by your obesity, then yeah, that can make things tougher too.
I’ve asked my doc about this and she says it largely depends on whether you have any complications during or after surgery like an infection, reopened wound, or difficulty with intubation or anesthesia. I have a physically demanding job, so to be on the safe side, I’m taking 3-weeks off in order to fully recover from the surgery.
Our body mechanisms are different, and like most of you say, the recovery period will depend on many other factors. Ask your doctor all kinds of questions, even after the surgery. Like @LAT says, exercise promotes healing, but this has to happen within limits. You don’t want to push yourself too much as well.
A sleeve gastrectomy typically takes 60 minutes or less, and usually involves one to two nights hospital stay, which is precautionary. Fortunately, ALO Bariatrics in Mexico is a modern care facility with all of the latest amenities. Our trained staff will check on you constantly to ensure your comfort and well-being. ALO Bariatrics medical staff will also conduct a follow-up exam before you’re released to ensure that you are tolerating liquids, and that you will have a good outcome and recovery.