Top 10 Weight Loss Surgery Post-Op FAQ

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions from our patients post weight loss surgery. It is important that all of this advice is not specific to any one person and your situation may be different.

Please speak to your GP, surgeon or dietitian if you have any concerns or require further information.

1. Can I take heartburn medication after surgery?
Yes, if you are experiencing heartburn symptoms you may take an over the counter medication.
You can ask your specialist about which type to take after your weight loss surgery.
2. When can I have sexual intercourse after WLS?
In the same way that the recovery period after weight loss surgery varies between patients,
so does the “waiting period” for having sex. Some clients are able to resume their normal
sex life within a week or 10 days after surgery while others wait two to three weeks.
It just depends on how you are feeling and it is best to do it when you feel ready. Listen to
your body and go easy. If having sex does not cause any pain or discomfort, there is no
reason to abstain. If it starts to feel uncomfortable, or you are unable to perform other
light activities, you may want to wait longer or speak to your specialist if you have concerns.
3. What can I take for pain?
You will be given a prescription for pain medication after surgery. After this perscription,
you should start feeling better without the need for pain relief.
4. I still have gas pain; is that normal?
Gas pain can linger for up to two weeks post weight loss surgery. During this time,
it’s important to walk and get moving! If you are concerned about pain, please call your
specialist surgeon or your GP.
5. I haven’t had a bowel movement recently, is that normal?
After the first several weeks of your procedure, and especially during the time you are not
eating solid food, it is normal to not have a bowel movement since there is not much in your
system to get rid of. You may choose to take something to help promote a bowel movement,
ask your GP for a recommendation.
6. How soon until I can exercise after?
Normally around 2 weeks, you can slowly resume normal activity – but be mindful of your
body and your limits! Walking and swimming are a great way to start. You shouldn’t
incorporate compound movements such as squats until you are at least 4 weeks post-op.
7. Can I drink with a straw?
This is a very controversial topic and a very common question.  The concern is swallowing too much air.
However, if it helps you drink more, and you are mindful of not swallowing too much air you can discuss
doing so safely with your dietitian.  If you want to use a straw make sure to take small sips, and drink slowly!
8. Can I chew gum?
You can chew gum, but don’t swallow the gum – be sure to spit it out and dispose of it when you are done. Speak to your dietitian about this.
9. Can I drink while eating?
You can, but we want you to understand it’s important to be aware of eating while drinking. Your dietitian will be able to explain how to prioritise different fluids and calories. Remember your stomach will be smaller
and can only tolerate certain amounts of volume.
10. How long until I transition to normal food? – When should I make the transition?
Everyone is different, and it’s important to listen to your body. For the first two weeks, you will need to follow the diet as outlined by the dietitian – this is very important. You will start out on soft foods and slowly
progress to foods you can chew and larger portions. It is important for patients to focus on protein and fluids – your dietitian can advise further on this.
We hope you’ve found this useful, as mentioned above, it is important to raise any concerns with a medical professional such as your GP, Surgeon or Dietitian. These people are here to support you on your weight
loss journey to ensure you get the best results. Sticking to the post operative diet and exercise plan is very important, so is ensuring you recovery fully to enable you to get back to your everyday life.