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FAQ: After Weight Loss Surgery

FAQ: After Weight Loss Surgery

  • How long do I have to stay in the hospital?
  • Do you use a drain tube during recovery?
  • If I travel from out of town, how long will I have to remain in the area?

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

Typically, the hospital stay for a laparoscopic gastric bypass or gastric sleeve is one night, with discharge being by dinnertime the day after surgery. For laparoscopic adjustable gastric band surgery, patients are typically discharged within 4 to 6 hours after surgery. Everyone reacts to anesthesia a little differently, so if you are not feeling well, you may be kept an extra night for your comfort and safety.

Do you use a drain tube during recovery?

Most patients will have a small tube to allow drainage of any accumulated fluids from the abdomen. This is a safety measure and is usually removed before discharge from the hospital. It produces no more than minor discomfort.

If I travel from out of town, how long will I have to remain in the area?

Patients who come from outside the Gainesville area for surgery are required to remain in the vicinity for around 7 days after the day of surgery, until your first follow-up visit with your surgeon. Obesity Solutions believes it's important for patients to have quick access to their surgeons should they have any post-op questions or issues. Most patients stay at a nearby hotel (our office has a list) or sometimes with relatives or friends in the area.

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