FAQ: After Weight Loss Surgery

Frequently asked questions about what to expect.

We’ve put together some of the most frequently asked questions we get about what to expect after surgery.

How long do I have to stay in the hospital after 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. 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. The Center for Weight Management 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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