Bariatric Surgery Recovery Dallas Ft Worth Texas
DR. DAVID KIM: With regards to recovery for my patients after surgery, patients who have had lap band surgery will go home the same day. My patients will typically return back to work in a period of five to seven days after the operation.
With laparoscopic gastric bypass or laparoscopic gastric sleeve resection, my patients will be in the hospital for approximately one to two days after the operation. When they’re able to swallow three to four ounces of liquids without difficulty, and when they’re comfortable, they can be safely discharged. These patients will return to work in approximately one to two weeks. I think it’s important, however, that all patients remember that they should allow themselves time to recover from their operations to transition through their diets without being in a hurry, and just allowing themselves enough time to heal and feel rested before they go back to work.
Laparoscopic gastric sleeve patients and laparoscopic gastric bypass patients can see a dramatic weight loss over the course of the first year. They will lose 80 percent of their excess body weight in over that first year, and they’re capable of losing weight up to 18 months. There are no adjustments to be made, follow ups are necessary to make sure that they’re doing well. The patients typically do get fairly dramatic results from these operations in a short period of time.
With lap band patients, they will lose weight more slowly. Patients will lose weight at approximately one to two pounds per week, so when patients are losing weight a little more slowly their target goal weight loss will be in a period of over two or three years.