I am considering having the Gastic Sleeve surgery in a month’s time and am worried about avoiding complications and giving myself enough time to heal before traveling.
I’ve already scheduled an appointment with the doctor back home. I am flying in for the surgery in my home town as I want to have it around friends and family and this doctor is a family friend and has operated on my sister, cousin and uncle. I arrive and visit the anesthesiologist the next day, with the surgery scheduled for the day after. After 16 days at home post-op I am scheduled to travel back and resume my post-grad course on the 17th day of my recovery.
How can I catch complications early on post surgery and what symptoms should I look out for?
Also, is two weeks recovery time enough for me to travel and resume my studies abroad?
Surgeon response to "Worried About Complications & Recovery After Gastric Sleeve"
by: John Rabkin, M.D., Pacific Laparoscopy
Dear 'Planned Sleeve Gastrectomy Patient,'
Two weeks should be enough time to recuperate after your planned sleeve gastrectomy as long as you don't have any complications (which are uncommon after this procedure.). However, you should always be prepared that in the event of a complication, you have the time and resources to address it.
The most important thing that you can do minimize any possibility of a post operative complication is to concentrate on maintaining your hydration after the procedure to expedite your recovery and minimize the possibility of becoming dehydrated which is one of the more frequent post-operative difficulties experienced.
I'm sure that you will have a smooth procedure and recovery and be back at your studies as planned enjoying the weight loss that the sleeve gastrectomy will provide you with!
M.D. Pacific Laparoscopy
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DISCLAIMER: This educational advice is based on the depth of your question and the details provided. The above should never replace the advice of your local physicians as they have the ability to evaluate you in person.
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