My recovery was really pretty painless, but I did experience dehydration and volume depletion after weight loss surgery (gastric sleeve surgery).
I had a c-section with my son, and it was by far more painful. I was off of my pain meds before the week was up.
But I had difficulty getting in my daily fluid allotment, and with losing weight as fast as you do in the beginning, it is VERY important to make sure you stay hydrated. Upon standing, I experienced a blackening out of my field of vision which was one of the first clues that I wasn’t hydrated enough, although I didn’t know it at the time.
Orthostatic hypotension is the medical term, and although it is unsettling to experience, it isn’t life threatening. One day though, it took nearly a full 30 seconds for my vision to come into focus and it was that day that I had a scary ordeal.
I experienced shaking, panic, and I couldn’t focus. My neighbor called my surgeon and when he returned my call, he told me that it was probably volume depletion. Anesthesia, having nothing by mouth before surgery, and not taking in nearly enough liquids after surgery contributed to this very scary experience.
Make sure that you sip, sip, sip and don’t worry too much about protein. It is important that you find a liquid that you can tolerate and keep down during the early weeks.