While most of us end up complaining about our weight gain, the tipping scales are a bigger concern for those who have recently had any kind of a surgery. There are many reasons that can lead to sudden or eventual weight gain, but one major factor that plays a big role in upping your kilo count is a recent surgery.


Stress triggers a plethora of hormonal imbalances in the body, which are responsible for excessive fluid retention. Surgery related stress results in high levels of anti-diuretic hormone, or ADH, which makes the kidneys conserve the body’s water. This leads to unseemly weight gain too. Apart from that, after surgery, the patient has a mix of drugs raging through their systems to deal with post-surgery complications. The fluid shifts caused by these intravenous drugs can also cause water retention.

Comfort Food:

This is another vice that most patients fall victim to. After all you have been through, it may seem like there is no better time to pamper yourself a little. This comfort food factor is what causes weight gain after surgery. The post-surgery blues are another reason patients grow overindulgent with comfort foods and end up regretting those extra calories later.

If a patient gains weight more rapidly, they must seek medical attention. Typically, a patient’s appetite is weak after surgery and it may take a week or more to get back their normal appetite. However, it is crucial not to stop eating or worse, to eat unhealthy ‘appetizing’ foods. Having high calorie comfort food should be kept to a minimum.

Apart from that, light exercising is also recommended. Even those who have had surgery on their lower body can do some stretching to keep fit.

Above all, drinking plenty of water is a must. As paradoxical as it sounds, drinking plenty of water would prevent water retention. This is simply because having an ample supply of fluid in your body sends the signal to the kidney to stop conserving it.