How long do I have to stay in the hospital?
Recovery time can vary, but the typical bariatric surgery patient stays 2-3 days for the laparoscopic gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy, and 4-6 days for revisional surgery or the open gastric bypass. The band patients are usually home the same day and do not need to stay overnight.
How much will I need to exercise after surgery?
An exercise regimen is key to maintaining weight loss, and your team at Torrance Memorial will help you develop a plan. You'll start by walking soon as soon as you can after surgery, and continuing to walk more once you go home. Patients with knee or ankle problems are encouraged to swim or bicycle, once cleared by their surgeon.
Do I have to quit smoking?
Patients must stop smoking before any weight loss surgery. Smokers risk having lung problems or infections after surgery. It also slows the healing process. Smoking after surgery can also lead to complications such as ulcers after the bypass or sleeve, or erosion of the band in those patients.
When can I start eating solid food?
Your doctor and dietician will help you with your specific eating plan, but you can expect to be on a liquid diet right after surgery. After two weeks you can then begin eating pureed or semi-solid food. Most patients resume eating solid food after about four weeks. Again, your doctor and care team will outline your specific diet plan.
Is there a minimum age for bariatric surgery?
National guidelines suggest that bariatric surgery should only be performed on patients 18 years of age or older. Patients should be mature enough to handle the commitment and hard work needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle after surgery.
Will my insurance cover bariatric surgery?
Each policy is different, though many insurance providers understand that this is a medically necessary and lifesaving procedure. Your team at Torrance Memorial will help you to work with your insurance company to determine your bariatric surgery coverage.
Can I become pregnant after weight loss surgery?
If you're planning to become pregnant, your surgeon will advise you on how long you should wait. Patients are typically told to wait about 18 months, or when your weight loss and nutritional status has stabilized.