The average length of hospital stay is:
Planning for your discharge from the hospital begins before your surgery, as we identify any specific needs that you may have following the procedure. Please take time to talk with our medical team about any concerns you have regarding your care at home.
In our Bariatric “Boot Camp”, we teach patients before surgery how to use a Patient-Controlled Analgesic (PCA) pump. This devise allows patients to direct the delivery of their pain medication immediately after surgery, until oral medications can be given – usually the next day following surgery.
Prior to discharge, patients will be given a prescription for medications to relieve pain and nausea.
In educational classes held before and after surgery, patients receive detailed information regarding their diet and changes that will occur during the days following surgery (progressing from a liquid diet to solid foods). In general, those who have had weight loss surgery need to:
By following these guidelines, surgical patients can better achieve their weight-loss goals – and maintain that loss.
Generally speaking, everyone who has had weight loss surgery should take a multivitamin supplement daily. However, patients who have had gastric bypass have additional needs because of malabsorption related to their surgery and require specially formulated vitamins to maintain proper nutrient levels. Specific recommendations for vitamin supplements are discussed in nutritional classes held before and after surgery.
A few hours after surgery, you will get out of bed and begin walking. Walking is strongly encouraged to prevent complications after surgery, such as pneumonia and blood clots in the legs. Our program provides special equipment to help you get started.
You will continue to build walking stamina each day after surgery, and eventually other strengthening and conditioning exercises can be added. Many of our patients walk up to one or two miles every day one month after surgery.
Because of the quicker recovery time associated with laparoscopic surgery, patients typically return to work two to three weeks after the procedure. Your surgeon’s office will gladly assist you by completing a medical excuse and any short-term disability papers required following your surgery. Patients who wish to return to work sooner can discuss their individual job requirements with their surgeon.
Surgical weight loss is merely a “tool” to help you achieve your weight loss goals. It does not change your underlying genetic or metabolic structure. If the procedure were to be reversed, the patient would likely gain back the weight.
The body reaches a new metabolic baseline where it functions comfortably and effortlessly.
With the gastric bypass procedure, “dumping” is the condition that occurs when the stomach’s contents move too rapidly through the small intestine. Eating foods high in sugars and fats is usually the cause. Symptoms can include:
These unpleasant side effects encourage patients who have had gastric bypasses to adhere to a diet high in protein and to stay away from fats and sugars.
Many women with obesity who were not able to conceive prior to surgery become fertile again after significant weight loss. However, patients should wait 12 to 15 months after surgery before trying to become pregnant. The reason is that during the first six to nine months after surgery patients lose weight at a considerably fast rate and sustaining the baby’s needs is difficult at this time.
If you are considering pregnancy after weight loss surgery, allow your body adequate time to adjust to your new weight before becoming pregnant.
Hair loss can occur with any rapid, significant weight loss. To minimize hair loss, improve your intake of protein dense foods and minerals that enrich hair follicles. Hair loss is usually seen two to four months after surgery. The best prevention is to follow the dietary instructions given before and after surgery and take vitamin supplements, maintaining protein levels throughout the weight loss experience. Even if hair is lost, it usually re-grows once protein and mineral levels and weight loss stabilize.