The time to return to work after bariatric surgery varies depending on the technique used in the surgery. Factors such as the size of the incision in the abdomen or the absence of pain favour a quick return to work. The absence of an incision in the abdominal area speeds up healing and does not affect social life too much. Since the pain is bearable, the patient does not have to stay at home for weeks.
Returning to Work After a Gastric Balloon
Although the gastric balloon looks like a surgical procedure, it is actually an endoscopic treatment. This involves inserting an inflatable silicone balloon into the patient’s stomach. This procedure restricts the volume of the stomach. This reduces the amount of food that enters the patient’s stomach.
After the gastric balloon, it is sufficient for the patient to rest for a few days. The doctor’s permission must be obtained to return to work. However, it is important to spend the first week at home to get used to the balloon. Because nausea and vomiting are often observed in the first few days after the gastric balloon. It takes a while for the body to get used to the balloon.
Returning to Work After a Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Gastric sleeve surgery is performed laparoscopically. During surgery, part of the stomach is permanently removed. This reduces the volume of the stomach. Returning to work after a gastric sleeve surgery depends entirely on the person’s working conditions and the doctor’s approval.
If the person works in an office, a one-week recovery period is sufficient to return to work, but for people doing heavy and mobile work, it can take up to a month before they can return to work. It is important not to overexert and tire yourself when you return to work. Otherwise, serious stomach problems may occur or the sutures may burst. This can further increase the recovery time.
Returning to Work After a Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gastric bypass surgery is a procedure that allows rapid weight loss. As with gastric sleeve surgery, part of the stomach is removed and reduced in size. Gastric bypass surgery also uses the laparoscopic method. Returning to work after gastric bypass surgery takes about a week. The working environment and working conditions are also very important here. The decision will be made accordingly.