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Center for Weight Loss

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Surgery and Recovery

  • How long do I have to stay in the hospital after surgery?

    It varies from person to person and depends on the type of bariatric surgery. Generally, the hospital stay is one night for gastric banding and two to three nights for a laparoscopic gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy.

  • How long is recovery?

    As with any major surgery, there will be a recovery period. Remember that this is a necessary step and the better care you take during recovery, the more quickly you’ll return to normal activity. Recovery time varies from patient to patient, but generally is about two weeks.

  • How much postoperative pain and discomfort will I experience?

    Many people think bariatric surgery will be followed by a long and painful recovery period. However, most patients report experiencing only minimal discomfort and soreness after going home. Recovery does vary from patient to patient and is usually slowed by lack of stamina rather than pain or disability. Most patients are able to return to work in about two weeks.

  • When can I go back to my normal activity level?

    Your ability to resume pre-surgery levels of activity depends on your physical condition, the nature of the activity and the type of bariatric surgery performed. Many patients return to normal levels of activity within two to three weeks of surgery. We strongly encourage no lifting of greater than 20 pounds during the six weeks after surgery to help decrease the risk of hernias and allow for proper healing.