Troubleshooting Common Post-Surgery Issues

After weight loss surgery, certain issues are common. It’s important to know which issues are normal and what you can do about them or when to call the doctor.

One common complaint is lethargy. It takes some time for the anesthesia to wear off of the system. Even though you are tired and may just want to lay all day and sleep, it is extremely important to keep walking. Even if you are tired, just walk in 5-minute spurts to keep your blood flowing and to avoid blood clots, which is a risk with any operation. Moving around will also help alleviate gas that you will experience.

Dizziness and nausea are common signs of dehydration. Make sure you are drinking adequate fluids. You will need at least 64 ounces or 8, 8-ounce glasses of low calorie, non-caffeinated, non-carbonated fluids. Keep in mind that you must sip slowly on fluids post op. The guideline is 3-4 ounces of fluid every half hour. You may try a sippy cup, sports top bottle, or medicine cup (about 1 ounce) to help you get used to sipping slowly. Remember not to use a straw and not to gulp your drinks as this will cause you to swallow air, which will be uncomfortable.

Certain symptoms should prompt you to call the Comprehensive Obesity Management Office (COMP) right away, including high fever, uncontrollable pain, trouble keeping fluids down, difficulty breathing and bloody stools.

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