These post-bariatric surgery instructions will serve as general guidelines to assist you in your recovery after bariatric surgery for severe obesity. If you have a question or problem, do not hesitate to call our office for instructions.
Post-Bariatric Surgery Step-by-Step Rules & Guidelines
- Use incentive spirometry bottle four times daily for 10 days.
- You may walk, go up and down stairs and drive a car as soon as you feel up to it. Do Not Take Pain Medication and Drive.
- No lifting more than 10 pounds the first 3 weeks.
- No activity restrictions after 3 weeks.
- Increased gas is common in the first 3-6 weeks. We recommend Gas-X or Di-Gel for relief.
- Do not take any anti-inflammatory pain medications unless approved by your surgeon (i.e. Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Naprosyn, Aleve, Daypro, Celebrex, Vioxx, Bextra, etc.) YOU MAY TAKE TYLENOL PRODUCTS (Acetaminophen).
- Take vitamin-calcium supplements daily post-bariatric surgery.
- Bariatric Advantage Chewable with iron daily
- Calcium 1500mg plus Vit. D 800 units (chewable for the first 6 weeks). Examples are Bariatric Advantage Calcium chews, lozenges, or Calcium Crystals
- Two (2) Bariatric Advantage chewable iron if female with menstrual periods
- Do Not Take Calcium and Iron Together or it will block the absorption of the iron
- Do not take 2 “pills” at the same time after bariatric surgery or it can block the outlet of the stomach. Wait about 10 minutes between medications
- Female patients should not become pregnant for 18 months until weight loss has stabilized or injury could occur to the unborn child
- Female patients who have menstrual periods should take chewable iron tablets daily until they reach menopause