Exercise After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Obesity rates are increasing all over the world, reaching a point where it is becoming very common to see people with obesity of any kind. This may be due to various factors of which the type of food, sedentary lifestyle, health problems, among others, stand out. Currently, there are different procedures to reverse excess weight in people, this type of methods are carried out in subjects who despite exercise or better nutrition have not been able to lose excess weight, like can be done in individuals with morbid obesity, but depends on their health.

Basically, gastric sleeve surgery is to modify people’s habits and give them a second chance to make their lives healthier, but for these changes to be progressive it is necessary to have an exercise routine that reinforces the surgical procedures. There are many unknowns about what kind of exercises can be done and which ones are appropriate.

Patients who have left the surgery tend to lose fat and muscle percentage faster than those who only exercise, and this may be a factor that determines the evolution of the individual since many times exercise is stopped by the fact that they have lost weight, this factor will cause the “new” fat to form and accumulate in other areas and the surgery will have been useless.

First, it is important to highlight certain points that are necessary.

  1. There is no need for a fast exercise routine, it is best to start small.
  2. Start with an exercise routine as soon as possible, you can start with walking.

Initial phase: One of the exercises that can be done while you are in the hospital is to take walks in the surrounding area to prepare the patient or in some way motivate them to exercise.

Medium Phase: After the surgery, the patient will be able to exercise, this type of exercises are recommended to be with light activities and nothing heavy. This can be done between weeks 1 to 4. Although it can be annoying and tiring, it is necessary to do it.

Final phase: After this period is recommended to consult with the doctor if you can already increase the rate of exercise, it is important to consult as many patients need to postpone this due to problems.  Patients who can increase the pace of exercise can do so through a treadmill, bicycle or low-impact routines.

Maintenance Phase: At this stage, you can have a more regular routine every day, this to keep the body healthy and the results of surgery continue. Routines must last at least 30 minutes.

Some of the benefits that can be obtained by taking frequent exercise are:

  • Controlling weight
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and colon cancer.
  • Keeps bones and joints strong and healthy.
  • Controls moods by releasing energy.

Among the most common and appropriate exercises, according to surgeons who performed the gastric sleeve Tijuana procedure are:

  • Swimming
  • Run
  • Walking
  • Bicycle

Carry it out with low intensity and frequency. If you want to do stronger exercises such as weights or any that involves a greater amount of strength, you should consult your surgeon.

Finally, even if the surgeon has had surgery, the patient should make efforts to live a healthier life so that all the work that was done is not in vain.