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As you can see from my profile, I've received a gastric sleeve nearly 6 months ago and have had great success. Unfortunately, my stomach has a leak, so most likely my sleeve will be converted to a bypass. I want to know from Bypass recipients, how long after surgery where you back doing normal activities? Began exercising?

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Do you have an ulcer, or a leak at the suture line? Man, six months out is late for a leak. Can you give us any more details about how you discovered this? Had you been sick a while?

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The Leak was realized a few weeks after surgery. It appeared to be healing on its own and contained. But I have developed two infections that are related to the leak, so unless the scan shows complete healing on Monday, we will schedule a bypass. This is why I want to know about recovery time. I have a short trip planned for mid-March that I don't want to cancel.

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Low-grade fever and lower left-side abdominal pain.

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Let me first say that you're doing fantastically. Don't let this little set back matter in the least. Are you in the hospital now? I am curious as to why you're going to get a revision to bypass if the sleeve is working well. Not a judgment at all, I am simply interested in the doctor's reasoning

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Because the sleeve leak cannot be surgically repaired and if it's not fixed, I will continue to get infections. With bypass they create new stomach.

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For my RnY recovery - I was back to work after 3 weeks (I could have come back sooner if I really wanted to) and released to exercise at 4 weeks. Before 4 weeks the only exercise I was supposed to do was walking but I did use the exercise bike a couple of times just for a change of pace. I felt fine exercising after 4 weeks except for ab work....that was probably more like 6-8 weeks. Just listen to your body (and your doctor obviously!)

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I was back to work after 2 weeks but tired at the end of the day. At three weeks I felt I had energy back. I was full on exercising 4 weeks out (Crossfit).


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My RNY was done by open surgery - cut from navel up to rib cage, ribs spread apart, when whole 9 yards. (complications from previous gastric band). So - your surgical worst-case scenario basically!

Within 2 weeks I was happily walking, but still fatigued very easily. 4 weeks and I feel like normal, no more fatigue, but lifting weights isn’t allowed until 6 weeks.

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Thank you.

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I'm only 6 days out from surgery and still feel very weak, tired, lethargic, but it gets slightly better every day. I too am wondering how long this will last. It would be easier if i could drink more than a half bottle of Water per day.

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The first week after any surgery is tough. The Water intake will get better. Make sure to try and drink a few ounces every hour.

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I was converted from sleeve to bypass a month ago. I was walking around the hospital the next day and haven’t sat still since. I get tired a little bit but have felt great. I was allowed to go back to the gym (treadmill and bike )two weeks out. I also was allowed to do light weights at two weeks I’m talking two pound dumbbell not machine. I was told I can do yoga in two weeks as long as it’s basic yoga and at two to three months I can do Pilates.

I had strictures, hour glass sleeve with a cork screw formation. No leak but a very bad situation and I instantly felt better and had more energy. Hopefully you have the same success. Good luck!


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