All operated patients must have close contact with the institute's team, mainly in the first postoperative days. Any type of discomfort, nausea, abdominal pain, fluid drainage from wounds, difficulty breathing, should be reported immediately.
Sometimes patients vomit or feel pain after eating. This can be caused by improper eating or narrowing of the band after injecting fluid into the balloon (setting). By eating slowly and calmly, you will learn to understand the signals your stomach is sending you. Persistent vomiting is definitely a warning sign. In this case it may be necessary to readjust the amount of liquid in the belt.
During the rapid weight loss phase, it is recommended to take vitamins. If the weight loss is on average 4-5 kg. Per month and the patient is careful to eat a variety of foods is not necessary. When required, your doctor will prescribe it and it will be a liquid vitamin preparation containing multivitamins and in particular B complex.
The period from operation to stabilization of weight is considered a period of food deprivation. It is not recommended to get pregnant during the period of food deprivation despite the fact that the fetus takes priority over the mother in terms of obtaining nutrients. However, if you become pregnant, it is recommended to remove all the liquid from the balloon. Once the weight has stabilized, pregnancy is no longer a contraindication.
The tablets to be taken have to be broken into small pieces and crushed before taking them. In many cases the treatment medication for disorders such as hypertension, diabetes or asthma has to be altered (reduced) after the operation. Patients should consult their physician in this regard.
Many patients feel constipated after the operation. This is mainly due to the fact that less food intake leads to less stool and therefore a reduction in the number of bowel movements. If it is necessary to take laxatives, it is recommended to abstain from so-called agglutination agents and instead use liquid laxatives such as lactuose.
After the operation, you will have to see a doctor regularly as an outpatient. At first these visits will be weekly, but soon they will be less frequent depending on the connection to the treatment of each patient. Throughout this period your weight loss and level of well-being will be observed. Once your weight stabilizes, you will need to have a checkup once a year.
It will be important to modify not only your eating habits but also your physical activity. It is generally recommended to start exercising slowly. As weight is lost, physical activity will get easier.