Stomach surgery – also called bariatric or weight loss surgery – involves any of a number of procedures for the digestive system designed to help the patient lose weight. Some types of stomach surgery involve the placing of a plastic band around the stomach, while others involve the use of staples. Still others have to do with redirecting food around the stomach and part of the small intestine.

Stomach surgery is not trivial. That is because, regardless of the type of weight loss surgical procedure you elected to have done, some important parts of your body, skin and digestive system are altered. This leads to, among other things, a significant recovery time – and sometimes some pain and discomfort in the process.

One of the most common problems that people who have undergone stomach surgery experience is something that sounds so simple: getting out of bed in safe and pain-free way.

If you are wondering how to get out of bed after stomach surgery, here are 7 steps:

1. Make sure you have a helper. This is preferably a home health aide or other helping professional, but a spouse, friend or family member will do nicely.

2. Start by first sitting up in bed, gently moving the covers and sheets out of your way. You do not want to get entangled or trip on the covers.

3. Lift your legs and slowly pivot them to the edge of the bed. Then, let them dangle over the bed, as if you are sitting in a chair. Pay attention to how your mind and body feel as you do this.

4. Test yourself a bit by moving and swinging your legs, rotating your ankles and wiggling your toes. If you feel no dizziness, feel free to proceed to the next step.

5. Slowly stand up and onto the floor with your feet slightly apart. This slightly-wide stance will lend you stability as you get up and out of bed. Then, slowly walk to a nearby chair.

6. When you reach the chair, turn so that it is to your back – as if you are about to sit down. Touch your calves against the chair.

7. Grab both arm rests on the chair and gently lower your body into the chair.

Remember, if you ever feel weak or dizzy while trying to get out of bed after stomach surgery, be sure to ask your helper to get you back into bed. Then, call your doctor for additional input and guidance.

Source by Everett Maclachlan

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