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How Safe is it to Swim After Gastric Sleeve?

Summer’s arrived, and you want to spend as much time in the swimming pool as possible. But what does that mean if you’re recovering from gastric sleeve surgery? Is it safe to swim? How soon after surgery can you take a dip in a chlorine or salt-water pool? And how much swimming is too much? We dive deep to answer all your questions and more, in this article about swimming after the gastric sleeve procedure. Read on for more!

Fertility and Bariatric Surgery

Baby w TeddyWhen it comes to obesity, you’ve read all about the dangers. You know about increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, back and joint problems, and many other conditions. But here’s one you may not know: Excess weight can affect your chances of becoming pregnant. Obesity has a number of different effects on your fertility.

1. Obesity affects your hormones

When your body mass index goes past the overweight category (BMI of 25–29.9) and into the obese category (BMI of 30 and above), hormonal changes may occur in your body. When your levels of natural hormones change, your chances of conception is reduced.

One of the hormonal imbalances that comes with obesity often leads to insulin resistance. That is a major risk factor on the road to diabetes — but it also affects your fertility and can create abnormal menstrual cycles. Insulin resistance can lead to reduced ovulation, in which your body does not produce eggs properly.

2. Obesity affects natural and assisted pregnancies

Obesity makes it more challenging to become pregnant, no matter whether you’re using natural means or by reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). Obesity has been shown to increase your risk for a miscarriage. This issue may be caused by the hormonal issues noted above or because of your body producing ovum that are not as stable as normal weight individuals.

3. Obesity decreases your partner’s fertility, too

Although much of the focus on obesity and infertility is on women, it absolutely affects men, too. For men, obesity can lead to a reduction in testosterone levels, which can lead to infertility. On top of that, erectile dysfunction occurs at a higher rate among obese men.

4. Losing weight can improve all of the above

If the issues above seem daunting, don’t fret — you and your partner can improve your chances of success by losing weight. As you lose weight, the hormonal imbalances and other effects of obesity begin to decrease. If you need help with a weight-loss plan, talk to your doctor. If your weight is a serious problem, you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery.


If you’d like to learn more about how a bariatric procedure might help you and your fertility, speak with one of our Surgeons today at (888) 278-7952 or Connect through our website at

 Thanks to the Cleveland Clinic’s “healthessentials” newsletter for this information.

Sara’s Story

Sara C Progressive 0-3-9-12 mosI have struggled with my weight my entire life. I was overweight as a child and never really grew out of it. I was always the “chubby girl” in school and carried this into high school and university. I lost weight before starting post-secondary school through intense calorie restriction and exercise but unfortunately packed it all back on (and more!) with the stress of studying.

I tried for years to lose weight with success followed by re-gain. I was tired of the yo-yo’ing and was scared about my future health. At the age of 26 I already had high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and PCOS. I was afraid about what I was doing to my body and what my current health meant for my future. Ultimately despite it being scary, the decision was easy. I was ready to change my life for the better!

I did a lot of research before deciding on the gastric sleeve. I wanted something permanent and life-changing. Compared to the roux-en-y bypass procedure, I chose the sleeve for its more prolonged weight loss and lower risk of nutritional deficits.

I chose SmartShape after being referred by a family member. I considered waiting for the OHIP-funded procedure but with my health issues and tight schedule I wanted to be able to decide which procedure I was going to have and when the procedure could happen. I wanted to get started as soon as possible. Lastly, I was impressed with the SmartShape Surgeon’s surgical prestige and trusted he would do a great job!

My experience with SmartShape was excellent! I was able to have a phone consultation with the Surgeon at the beginning, which allowed me to answer a LOT of my burning questions and really put me at ease. In the surgical period everyone was so supportive and amazing. I always got prompt responses when calling or e-mailing the nurses and trusted that I had help to back me up on this journey! Very happy with my choice.

When SmartShape asked what my goals are, now that I have lost the weight, my first response – “getting pregnant!”


If you’d like to learn how SmartShape can help you find your path to permanent weight loss, call one of our Program Advisors today at (888) 278-7952 or connect online at


The information provided in this Newsletter is for informational purpose only and is not professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or care, nor is it intended to be a substitute. Therefore always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider properly licensed to practice medicine or general health care in your jurisdiction concerning any questions you may have regarding any information obtained from this Newsletter and any medical condition you believe may be relevant to you or to someone else.
*Results may vary between individuals and depending on type of surgery received. References can be provided upon request.

DIETITIAN’S CORNER – Strawberries, Peaches, and Basil with Orange Vinaigrette!

Peach, Strawberry, Basil w Orange VinaigretteHands-on Time: 18 Min
Total Time: 18 Mins
Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)

The warm vinaigrette releases an intoxicating perfume when poured over the fresh fruit. Serve within 20 minutes of preparing for maximum flavor and optimal temperature.

  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, halved
  • 1 large ripe peach or nectarine, cut into 16 wedges
  • 1/4 cup small fresh basil leaves

Combine first 3 ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 15 minutes). Add oil and salt to pan, stirring with a whisk. Let stand 2 minutes.

Combine berries and peach in a large bowl. Add juice mixture, stirring gently. Sprinkle with basil.


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