Surgery is a serious stress to put on the body. Weight loss or bypass stomach surgery is extremely stressful for most patients both mentally and physically. Surgeons will give their patients a set of instructions to follow which should be followed for a faster successful recovery. Following these instructions will make things go well and make certain you feel your best after weight loss surgery.

Surgical recovery after a gastric bypass procedure will take up to eight weeks. Even if you may look and feel better your body is still healing up to six to eight weeks. These are tips you can follow after gastric bypass surgery that will lead to a fast and safe recovery:

Call your doctor after surgery if you have any of these symptoms or conditions

a)      Pain that cannot be controlled with the pain medication prescribed should be reported to your doctor immediately

b)      You cannot keep fluids down

c)       You are not using the bathroom (urinating)

d)      You have dark or tar consistency stools

e)      Unexplained or severe pain in one or both legs

f)       Incisions leak or become filled with pus

g)      Fevers that rise above 101 degrees

h)      Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Make certain that any prescription, such as pain medication,  prescribed to you has been thoroughly explained for dosage and side effects. If you have any side effects from the pain medication  contact your doctor.

These are things to avoid making recovery better and faster post gastric bypass surgery

Drinking calories

Post gastric bypass surgery most patients must limit the number of calories per day they consume. This helps with weight loss following surgery. The daily limit for calories includes food and drink. Don’t drink your calories thinking that these are less harmful than calories consumed from food


After gastric bypass surgery sugar is a definite treat to remove from your diet. It has nothing but empty calories and will make your blood sugar climb which will contribute to gastric bypass diabetes. Sugar and any foods with sugar in the first three ingredients should be avoided at all costs.

No carbonated drinks

Carbonated drinks include soda. The bubbles found in carbonated drinks cause many patients pain in their stomach along with pressure. The pressure is harmful to the staples or sutures that close surgical incisions.

Drinking during mealtime

Avoid drinking before, after or even during mealtime. There is a small amount of space for food in your stomach and don’t waste it with drinks. Take in nutrition that your body needs that includes vitamins and minerals. Eat healthy foods to give your body what it needs to feel better faster following your surgery. Drinking will generally take up space in your stomach intended for food and make you feel hungry faster. Wait at least a half hour between drinking and mealtime.

If your surgeon has provided any specific instructions for you, follow the instructions provided. 

Follow these instructions for up to two weeks after surgery at which time most patients will see their surgeon for a follow-up visit to make certain your healing is proceeding according to the schedule the doctor would like to see.