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What activities can I do after bariatric surgery?

Dr. Paul R. Kemmeter, MD
Bariatric Medicine (Obesity Medicine) Specialist

After bariatric surgery, begin walking five to 10 minutes each hour at a minimum. Increase walking time and distance each day and avoid a pace that causes significant pain or fatigue. It is very important to walk immediately after surgery to prevent blood clots. A nurse will likely come get you and take you on short walks as soon as a few hours after your surgery.

There are no lifting restrictions if you had a laparoscopic procedure unless you had a hiatal hernia repair; in that case, no lifting more than 15 pounds for four weeks.

You may resume sexual activity when you are comfortable, usually after two to three weeks. Female patients should avoid pregnancy for 12 to 18 months.

Dr. Melissa B. Bagloo, MD
Bariatric Medicine (Obesity Medicine) Specialist

In the post operative period, especially while using any pain medication, we recommend that you do not drive. Depending on how well you are recovering from your surgery, lifting may or may not be restricted. Certainly for the first two weeks most patients are not comfortable enough to do any heavy lifting. After that, if all is going well, you can lift as tolerated.

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