How long after gastric sleeve surgery can I drive? It’s a question many regional patients ask as they embark on their journey to Brisbane for gastric sleeve surgery from regional areas or even interstate.
120+ patients from regional areas like yours make the journey to Brisbane for gastric sleeve surgery with Dr. Adib. That’s a significant number, and it speaks to the trust and confidence patients have in Dr Adib’s expertise.
However, how does traveling affect your surgery journey? We answer a host of questions about the logistics of pre-surgery prep and post-surgery travel.
We’re here to provide you with answers, guidance, and practical tips to ensure your journey is as smooth as possible.
How long after gastric sleeve procedure can I drive?
After your surgery, you won’t be able to hop behind the wheel right away. It’s crucial to have someone pick you up and drive you home after your surgery, and you’ll need to avoid driving for at least one week after the procedure.
Is it safe to fly after gastric surgery?
Here’s what you need to know. It’s generally safe to fly after your operation, however, there are specific timeframes to consider.
We typically advise against flying for at least one week after surgery to allow for adequate healing.
For an ideal recovery, it’s best to stay close to the Wesley for 7-10 days after your gastric sleeve surgery. However, we understand that individual circumstances may vary and travel may be unavoidable
If you need to, you can consider flying back home after just 5 days post-surgery. Be sure to discuss your travel plans with Dr. Adib or our medical team for personalised advice to ensure that you get the best advice for your situation
The days after surgery (but before travelling home): where should I stay during the monitoring period?
To make your stay as convenient as possible, we recommend booking accommodation near the Wesley Hospital. This way, you’ll have easy access to medical care and our team can closely monitor your recovery progress. Check the Wesley accommodation recommendations here.
The road trip back home after gastric sleeve surgery
If you’re driving home to NSW, Central or North Queensland, it’s a long journey and it’s essential to be well-prepared:
· Patients will need to carry plenty of fluids with them and sip constantly throughout the trip, maintaining good hydration.
· Plan out your restroom breaks to ensure you have access to facilities when needed and do not get caught in an uncomfortable, possibly painful situation.
· Taking regular breaks to stand up and stretch your legs is crucial as well, just get the blood moving in your legs.
· Consider wearing compression stockings to reduce the risk of blood clots during the long drive. These are usually available at your local pharmacy, just have a chat with them.
It’s important to note that during the first 1-2 weeks post-surgery, you may feel tired, sore, and possibly even nauseous. In this timeframe, long road trips may not be advisable. Your ability to travel depends on how you’re feeling, so listen to your body and prioritise your comfort and well-being.
Accessing medical support or advice in regional areas
In the event of post-surgery complications when back home or during your travel home, it’s vital to know how to access medical support or advice promptly.
You can reach out to the clinic, contact your local general practitioner (GP), or visit the nearest hospital.
In case of emergencies, don’t hesitate to dial 000.
Virtual consultations: what to expect
We offer virtual consultations to ensure you receive continuous support throughout your journey.
You will have an initial consultation with Dr. Adib via Telehealth, where you’ll discuss the operation and recommendations. Following this, our dietitian will contact you to go through the dietary aspects of preparing for surgery. Our admin team will also be in contact to walk you through the documents required.
Dr Adib will see you before you go home to give you the green light to travel. After this, virtual consultations continue. The first patient follow up is two weeks after surgery with Dr. Adib and the dietitian, followed by a four week check in with the dietitian only.
In the initial 2-week consultation Dr Adib will ensure you are healing well and not experiencing any complications. From there your dietitian will guide you through the transition from pureed foods to solid foods
Three months after your surgery, you will have a consultation with Dr. Adib and your dietitian, focusing on the healing process, working on improving food choices and eating behaviours whilst optimising good nutrition.
From then on, with the support of Dr Adib, you will continue to have regular check ins with your dietitian every three months until you are 12 months post-surgery. This regular schedule ensures your ongoing care and support during this life changing journey.
Gastric sleeve surgery: regional patient FAQs
Your well-being is at the heart of everything we do, and we’re here to support you every step of the way. If you ever have questions or need additional guidance, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Your journey to better health is within reach, and we’re here to help you make it a reality.