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After surgery

The first days

If no complications, here is the program of the three following days:


  • Beverage: only water in small quantities, with a first glass of blue coloured water in the morning to detect a possible fistula. You will be able to stand-up.
  • Respiratory physiotherapy is planned.
  • Antalgics by infusion are given as long as necessary.
  • La Bladder tube is removed.


  • Only liquid food in divided quantity.
  • If one, drain is removed.
  • You may stand up more often and walk.
  • Infusion is maintained.



  • Liquid food in small volume.
  • Infusion is taken off early in the morning.
  • You may leave the clinic that or the next one.

The first weeks after surgery

You will have to plan at least 3 weeks off work, without complication. In most patients:

  • Weight decreases: weight loss is fast in the first few months and then slows down. Usually, the maximum amount of weight has been lost after 12 to 18 months. After that, moderate regaining of weight is possible.
  • The disorders connected with obesity improve (e.g.: diabetes). 

The patient receives home care as long as necessary. When he (she) leaves the clinic, he (she) receives information on how to feed oneself properly during the first weeks and model meals, and a prescription for vitamins.

  • J+10 - Withdrawal of stitches or clips
  • J+1 month - Check up appointment with the surgeon


A lifelong commitment




You must now, and for the rest of your life: 

  • Stick to your new eating habits and take regular physical exercise
  • Have regular check-ups with the multidisciplinary team that performed the operation, in collaboration with your general practitioner: at least 4 consultations in the first year with a member of the multidisciplinary team, and after that at least one consultation a year.


These appointments have 6 main objectives:


  • Assess your weight loss
  • Check that you are in good health, identify and treat any surgical complications and nutritional deficiencies that may occur soon after the operation or at a later stage
  • If necessary, adapt the medications you are taking: some medications may be less well assimilated or not assimilated at all after a malabsorptive operation while others may no longer be necessary in the longer or short term because of the weight loss achieved
  • Check that you have successfully adapted to your new eating habits and physical exercise regime, and help you solve any day-to-day problems
  • Detect any psychological problems related to the change in your body and, if necessary, offer appropriate care
  • Weight loss changes the body and its appearance: this can lead to psychological distress that may or may not be easy to deal with. A period of adaptation to the change is necessary and normal for yourself and your family. If you wish, or if your doctor feels it is necessary, you may be offered support from a psychologist or psychiatrist.
  • If necessary, offer reconstructive surgery to remove excess skin that may remain in certain places after weight loss (breasts, stomach, arms and thighs)
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