How long is recovery after surgery?
Bariatric surgery is a major procedure, and recovery doesn’t happen overnight. As with any major surgery, there will be a recovery period. Recovery periods vary depending on the type of surgery performed. In general, most patients leave the hospital on the second day, and return to work in 1-4 weeks. Your bariatric surgeon will discuss the pain management medications that he will prescribe after the surgery. It is important to follow your surgeon’s postoperative recovery instructions.
When can I go back to my normal activity level?
Your ability to resume pre-surgery levels of activity depends on your physical condition, the nature of the activity, and the type of bariatric surgery you had. Many patients return to normal levels of activity within three to four weeks of surgery.
How much exercise is needed after bariatric surgery?
Exercise is an important part of success after surgery. You may be encouraged to start full exercise about three to four weeks after surgery. The type of exercise depends on your overall condition, but the long-term goal is to get at least 30 minutes of exercise three or more days each week.
What is the long-term follow-up schedule?
Patients typically see their surgeons every few weeks for approximately three months. Thereafter, follow-up visits are scheduled about every three months until the one-year post operative mark. We are here for you for life. You will have appointments with your surgeon every 6 months to 1 year for life.
Where can I find support?
Most bariatric surgeons will tell you that ongoing support after surgery helps their patients achieve the greatest level of success. The St. Francis Surgical Weight Loss program offers an ongoing support group that gives patients an excellent opportunity to talk about personal issues. Patients help keep each other motivated, celebrate small victories together, and provide perspective on the everyday successes and challenges that many bariatric surgery patients experience. Find a support group meeting