We are glad you have chosen to have surgery with us. You can rest assured that we will provide the highest quality of care in a respectful, dignified manner. Your comfort and safety are our priority.
Surgery usually takes between one to three hours. You will meet the surgical team before going under anesthesia but will be completely asleep and continually monitored throughout your surgery. You will wake up from surgery in the recovery room where staff will monitor you carefully and make sure you are as comfortable as possible.
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You will be allowed to drink water immediately. Most patients spend just a few hours in the recovery room. Your family and friends cannot come into the recovery area, but we will keep them updated about your condition. They may visit you when you arrive on the surgical floor. You will be up and walking within hours of your surgery. This helps you feel better, recover faster, and prevents life-threatening complications such as blood clots.
Lap band patients generally go home the day of their surgery. Sleeve and bypass patients spend one to three nights in the hospital. Everyone is followed closely by the surgical team made up of your surgeon, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, physical therapists, and medical specialists. All of these professionals have undergone training to understand your needs as a bariatric patient.
When you leave to go home, we will give you instructions about the diet plan, medications, and follow up. We will also review the signs and symptoms of potential complications. Know that you can always call your surgeon with any problem no matter how trivial it may seem.
Recovery is different for everyone. You can expect some discomfort and we will give you medication to take as needed for pain and nausea. You may feel more tired than usual. It’s important to maintain a positive attitude and to keep your surgeon informed if there are any problems.
Lap band patients tend to recover quickly. Most patients take one to two weeks out of work. It is usually easier to eat and drink, but patients are advised to adhere to the strict dietary guidelines. These recommendations are crucial to avoid problems such as food getting stuck, retching, and vomiting. These actions can cause the band to slip or the sleeve/bypass to leak.
Bypass and sleeve patients tend to recover a little slower and usually need four weeks out of work.
Weight loss is rapid after the bypass and sleeve. The majority of patients lose most of their weight in the first six to 12 months. The band has to be adjusted often so weight loss tends to be slower (about one to two pounds per week). It’s important to remember that this process is a marathon not a sprint!
You will need to see the surgeon two weeks after your operation. Band patients will then be seen monthly to adjust the band. Sleeve and bypass patients will need to be seen in the office every three months for the first year, every six months the second year, and then every year for life. We will check your blood work at each visit to make sure you are not developing any vitamin deficiencies. We also suggest that you see the dietitian regularly. These visits are important to monitor your weight loss, medical conditions, and potential problems. They are also important to help you stay on track to achieve your weight loss goals.
Remember that this is the beginning of your journey to a healthier you. We know you can do it and are here to help before, during and after your surgery. Your success is our goal. Attend one our free informational seminars.