After gastric restrictive surgery
After the gastric restrictive surgery procedure, you’ll be taken to the recovery room. Once your blood pressure, pulse and breathing are stable and you are alert, you’ll be taken to your hospital room. You may get pain medicine as needed, either by a nurse or by administering it yourself through a device connected to your IV.
You’ll be encouraged to move around while you’re in bed, and to get out of bed and walk around as your strength improves; it’s important to move around soon after your surgery to prevent blood clots. The first time you get up, ask the nurse to help you so you don’t fall or faint.
At first, you’ll get fluids through an IV; that evening or the next day, you’ll be given liquids such as broth or clear juice to drink. As you’re able to take liquids, you may be given thicker liquids such as pudding, milk, or cream soup; this is followed by foods that you do not have to chew such as hot cereal or pureed foods.