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You will be given a prescription for medication to be taken after discharge. These include:

  • Multivitamins
  • Analgesia for pain relief, usually for up to 2 weeks
  • Anti-emetic to help with nausea usually for up to 2 weeks
  • Anti-acid to reduce stomach acid usually for 6 weeks
  • Occasionally you may be prescribed a laxative (such as lactulose) for help with bowel movements.

You should carry on taking your normal medication that you were on before surgery, unless specifically told to stop. Some tablets taken in the first six weeks after your operation may need to be crushed.

If you are a diabetic, you will be advised which medication to continue, reduce in dose, or stop altogether. You should continue to monitor your blood sugar levels. The Diabetes Nurse will advise you as your diet changes, and you reduce weight. The nurse will advise to adjust your mediation as required.

We advise you continue wearing your compression stockings for ten days after your operation. This is to reduce the chance of blood clots that can form in the legs (Deep Vein Thrombosis: DVT), and can go to the lungs (Pulmonary Embolism: PE).

Remove the small dressings over your wound sites 3-5 days after discharge. Keep your wound site dry following a shower. Watch for any redness, swelling or discharge. See your GP if any of these occur.

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Other considerations

If you have successfully managed to stop smoking prior to your surgery, then you should maintain this after your surgery. Smoking can slow the healing of the stapled edge of the stomach, and cause ulcers and bleeding.

It is also important that you refrain from alcohol after your surgery. The enzyme in the stomach which helps digest alcohol is

significantly reduced. If you do want to start drinking alcohol again, do so only in very small amounts. It can have a more potent effect, and contains many non-nutritious calories.

Driving should be avoided until you are completely comfortable and able to move freely. For most people this is in 2-3 weeks.

Aim to exercise at least 30 minutes, 4-5 days a week. This should be continuous cardio type exercise, such as brisk walking, cycling, cross-trainer, aqua jogging or swimming.

You will be asked to obtain specific blood tests each year. Your GP can arrange these, if not arranged at your follow up visits. Other medication, such as iron, calcium, or B12 injections may be prescribed if required.

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Last updated: October 3, 2017