Recovery from weight loss surgery takes time and patience, but it is a key period in the journey to a healthier, more active life. The healing process is different for every patient, and your care team will provide extra support during the first days and weeks post-surgery.
How long will I be in the hospital?
- Most patients are in the hospital for three days - you will be admitted on the morning of your surgery and stay for two days after surgery.
- There are some exceptions. Patients with other high-risk illnesses may stay for one to two extra days. Additionally, banding surgeries are performed on an outpatient, same-day basis. Medicare requires an overnight stay for banding clients.
Where will I stay after surgery?
Our newly renovated, fully-private patient rooms were designed with recovery in mind. They have all the comforts of home - including wider recovery chairs, accessible sinks, and private baths. These rooms are in a wing of the hospital dedicated exclusively to weight loss and surgical patients.
When will I go home?
You will be discharged from the hospital when you are well enough to care for yourself or have some assistance available at home. This is typically two days after surgery.
When will I see the doctor again after surgery?
You will be seen in your surgeon’s office 14-21 days after discharge.
When will I begin to lose weight?
Weight loss begins immediately after the operation. Most often, the greatest improvements in health occur in patients who began exercising and eating well before surgery.
How long does the weight loss process take?
The majority of bypass patients continue to lose weight for approximately 12 months. Banding patients lose weight more slowly, over about two years.
In either case, the best results are achieved when patients have realistic expectations and remain committed to their lifestyle changes.
Over a period of four to six weeks, you will transition from drinking clear liquids to eating solid foods.
- For the first days at home, you will be on a liquid diet of:
- clear liquids
- a protein-rich supplement like Carnations Instant Breakfast
- decaffeinated tea or coffee
- After your first office visit, you will start a full liquid diet. This consists of:
- cooked cereals
- strained soups
- skim milk
- plain yogurt
- other similar foods
- Gradually, you will advance to eating pureed foods and then solid foods.
- All patients should take a multivitamin with minerals and iron once a day, every day, for life.
Weight loss surgeries are major operations, and like all procedures, there is the potential for complications.
- Mild pneumonia
- Stomal strictures
- Wound healing problems and infection
- Blood clots in the legs or lungs
- Bowel obstruction
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Incisional hernia
- Staple line leakage
- Wound infection or abscess
In rare cases, major complications can result in death.