Welcome to the Recovering phase of Banded Living™. You've just had surgery, and you're on your way!
This stage starts right after surgery and generally lasts about four weeks, although you should expect to be able to return to work in a week or two(unless your job requires greater than average physical activity, in which case your surgeon will tell you how long a recovery time you're likely to need). In this stage, you are recovering from surgery, and learning how to eat all over again. Be sure you understand all of your doctors instructions and have those instruction is writing to refer to over and over again. You will be on strict orders about what you can eat and drink. You will be progressing from clear liquids, to full liquids, to soft or "mushy" foods, and finally to solids AS PRESCRIBED BY YOUR SURGEON.
Most of us experience a profound absence of hunger right after surgery. Remember this feeling; it may seem completely new to you. As you heal, a sense of hunger will return.
As much as you know this, and may not want to hear it, the recovery phase is not about weight loss; it is about healing. Most of us experience a wide range of emotions from excitement, to buyer's remorse. You're not alone; you have your Banded Living™ community to support you through the recovery phase.
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