Gastric Bypass Recovery Time
on 4/3/12 2:31 am
First Full Marathon: Marine Corps 10/27/13 4:57:11, Half Marathon PR 2:04:43 at Shamrock VA Beach Half-Marathon, 12/2/12 First Half-Marathon 2:32:47, 5K PR Run Under the Lights 5K 27:23 on 11/23/13, 10K PR 52:53 Pike's Peek 10K 4/21/13, (1st timed run) Accumen 8K 51:09 10/14/12. 7 Half-Marathons finished
on 4/3/12 3:48 pm
Lap surgery has quicker recovery time and less pain than an open surgery. Lots of people return to work after 2 -3 weeks. I was off 5 weeks but could have returned sooner. My biggest issue was the allergic reaction I had to the oral pain med that they sent me home with. I am allergic to codeine .
on 4/3/12 3:52 pm
on 4/3/12 4:50 am - Canada
on 4/3/12 3:54 pm
on 4/3/12 3:58 pm
2 days, 1 night in the hospital with an option to stay a second night- I declined.
4 days after surgery attended Christmas Eve dinner with the family no problem, started walking a mile a day (gently)
7 days out no pain from the stomach sugery left, but some discomfort still from the hiatal hernia surgery.
14 days out, went back to work in my classroom with absolutely no difficulty.
Pain was super minimal the entire time and I would classify the recovery as very easy :) The gas pain over the first 3 days was uncomfortable, but very very manageable. I used pain medication from the pump twice in the hospital, but because I thought I "had" to- faired better without it. I used Loritab once at home after I overdid it on the elliptical 10 days out. Duh.
On our sleeve board many share the exprience that I had. Some struggle a little more, but within the first few weeks progress very nicely. Even the rare leak person would do it over again. PM if you have any questions.
Surgeon: Chengelis Surgery on 12/19/2011 Carb eating loose sleever here! "Dying is easy. Living is hard."
1Mo: -21 2Mo: -16 3Mo: -12 4MO - 13 5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6 9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10 MO 10: -8 MO 11: +1 MO 12: -1.4 Mo 13-14: 0 Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good! Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24 BMI 23 CW: 179 Goal in 8 months 4 days!! 6' 2'' EWL 112% Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5 150+ pounds lost
on 4/3/12 4:02 pm
on 4/3/12 4:06 pm
The next two weeks, I worked about 3/5ths time. The last two weeks, I've been back to work full time. I feel fine, so long as I get my food in. I do get tired at night... and sometimes I want a nap during the day.
My friends who have had the sleeve have had slightly shorter recovery times, but I don't know if that's because they were younger and had less wear and tear on their bodies, or if the surgery itself is easier.
I do recommend that you take two weeks' off work, minimum, no matter which surgery you have. The second week, you can focus on establishing your new lifestyle if you are fully recovered from surgery.
on 4/3/12 4:12 pm
I feel a lot better about having this surgery since so many replied. I have had several surgeries in the past so I know I can handle this one. It is very important to me that I get the weight off because I have several co-morbidies.
As I'm able to eat more protein, I find I feel better. Add in vitamins, and I feel much better. Unfortunately, I discovered a lot of early food intolerances, some of which have resolved themselves.
Many mornings over the past six weeks, I've had to delay going into work, simply because I've eaten the wrong thing. One day, I had a dumping episode when I didn't get breakfast at home, and I tried to eat a protein bar on the way to the office. On that day, I had to go home early (not easy when you work 35 miles from home and drive to the office in a car pool).
So, just remember that you might need some flexibility from your work, even after your two weeks' medical leave.
on 4/3/12 4:45 pm
Hugs and blessing, Shawn