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The First Few Days – Water, Liquids, and Walking

Immediately after the procedure…take occasional sips of water, or suck on popsicle or ice chips

The day after your procedure…Drink slightly more water than the day before (but again, only a few sips at a time). Avoid sugary or carbonated beverages.

The next few days…

  • Continue drinking small amounts of water to avoid dehydration. Dehydration can be manifested with feelings of weakness, faintness, dizziness, and dark colored urine.
  • Add clear, thin, broth-type liquids
  • Drink low calorie liquids such as 1% milk, decaffeinated herbal tea, or decaffeinated coffee
  • Avoid protein shakes as they may be too thick to pass through the band at this stage

NOTE: Progress slowly, and find what works for your body. Everybody is different.

Things to consider:

  • If you’re unable to keep any fluids down, drink less fluid
  • Contact your doctor if frequent or persistent regurgitation occurs.


Walk it off! In the first few days after your operation, you’ll want to walk around as much as is comfortable for you to gain back your strength and prevent blood clots. Give yourself about two or three weeks to recover before doing more extensive physical exercise – and then take it slow. After four to six weeks you may be ready to resume your normal activities and a new exercise program, but consult your doctor first to ensure that your activities are appropriate to your recovery.

THIS INFORMATION IS MEANT TO BE A GUIDE. YOUR WEIGHT LOSS SURGEON MAY GIVE YOU SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT RECOMMENDATIONS BASED ON HIS EXPERIENCE.