What happens once you have left the hospital

When at home follow the instructions given by the doctors, nurses and dietician.

  • Take the medication as prescribed, especially the pain killers
  • You may shower
  • If comfortable, you are allowed to drive after one week
  • You may resume sex whenever you feel ready for it.
  • Time of work is usually two to three weeks
  • Avoid lifting anything over 10 kg for four weeks
  • The sutures(stitches) need to be removed by your GP or practice nurse 10 days after your operation
  • You will need to come back to the clinic for a follow-up appointment after four to six weeks depending on the type of operation
  • On leaving the hospital you will have received detailed instructions from the dietician regarding your diet. It is important that you follow the advice and that you do not try to eat solid food types too early

Remember to contact your GP or us urgently if you have one of the following:

  • A temperature above 38.5 C
  • An infection of your wounds
  • Persistent or frequent vomiting
  • Pain in your legs (calves) or chest
  • Breathing difficulties

As part of your fixed price package, you will be seen on regular intervals in the outpatient clinic by the team. Outside these consultations you can always contact us by phone or email if you have any queries.

What happens after surgery?

After your operation your body may not absorb all the nutrients it needs. This can lead to malnutrition while you are still overweight, so most patients are prescribed a supplement of vitamins and minerals.

Some patients find it difficult to drink enough after surgery. This can lead to dehydration.

Many patients will experience temporary hair loss, a common side effect, for which we recommend an extra supplement of zinc.

Loose skin is very common after significant weight loss, and this can be removed surgically once the weight loss has stabilized.

Significant weight loss can lead to the formation of stones in the gall bladder.  Sometimes the gall bladder is removed during the weight loss operation. We usually remove the gall bladder later on when it is clear that the patient has developed gallstones.