Since most gastric sleeve surgeries are performed laparoscopically, patients only receive very small incisions and gastric sleeve surgery recovery time is typically on the shorter end. Patients usually spend 2-5 days in the clinic after the operation before returning home. Some pain and nausea are common during this time. Patients are generally advised to avoid strenuous physical activity for anywhere from 3-6 weeks.
Before having the procedure performed, patients are advised to follow a gastric sleeve pre op diet. This usually just means restricting food intake to liquids for 2-3 days before the operation. A similar diet is typically recommended for about a week afterwards. After that, the gastric sleeve post op diet begins to graduate to soft foods and protein shakes, with patients able to consume things like mashed potatoes and scrambled eggs by the beginning of the third week of recovery. It is crucial that patients keep their sugar intake low throughout the whole process. The gastric sleeve diet after one year begins to normalize, with patients advised to eat smaller meals with greater frequency than they did before the surgery.