After Surgery

At East Valley Surgery Center, hundreds of women and men visit us for weight loss surgery from Phoenix, Tucson, and other cities across the Southwest. We take pride in the fact that we are an approved Bariatric Surgery MBSAQIP Accredited facility, meeting the highest standards in the industry for safety, experience, and outcomes. We have provided the following guidelines to help you have the best possible recovery.

Your comfort, safety and health are our priorities at East Valley Surgery Center. If you have any questions before you visit us for weight loss surgery in Tempe, Arizona, call us at (480) 829-6100.

Guidelines for a Smooth Recovery

You can get your weight loss journey off to a positive start by following these guidelines after your surgery:

  • Before you leave the Center, you will be given written instructions for your care at home.
  • After you have returned home, be sure to follow your doctor’s orders regarding diet, rest, medication and activity.
  • It is not unusual to feel sleepy, lightheaded, dizzy, and/or experience pain for several hours after your operation.
  • A nurse from the Center will phone you within a few days after your surgery to see how you are and answer any additional questions you may have.
  • Do not sign any important papers, make any significant decisions, drive a car, smoke, drink alcoholic beverages, operate machinery, or cook for 24 hours after surgery.
  • While on narcotics or sedative pharmaceuticals you cannot drive.
  • If you have had an endoscopic procedure, do not drive, operate machinery, or make decisions of importance for at least 24 hours afterwards.

Post-Surgery Diet

Your bariatric surgeon and dietician will guide you through the following progression back to regular food. To avoid complications, be sure to wait until your doctor tells you that you are ready before you move onto the next phase.

  • Stage 1: Clear liquids for a week with the exception of approved protein shakes.
  • Stage 2: A blended diet such as baby food, oatmeal, yogurt, and applesauce.
  • Stage 3: Soft foods such as, ground meat, flakey fish, beans, and cooked vegetables.
  • Stage 4: Return to regular foods that are recommended by your dietician.

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