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
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?
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 dietitian 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
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.
What Do You Have to Lose?
Attend a free information seminar to learn about your options