Recovery & Beyond

Whether you’re having gastric bypass surgery, sleeve or a banding procedure, recovery from weight loss surgery takes time and patience. You may experience discomfort and pain as your body heals, and the length of time to return to normal activities can vary from patient to patient. Some patients are able to return to work within a few weeks.

Weight loss begins immediately after the operation, but many bariatric patients who experienced transformations of their health were able to do so because they began exercising and eating healthy prior to surgery. And losing a few pounds before weight loss surgery can help to reduce the possibility of surgical complications.

The majority of patients after bypass will continue to lose weight for approximately 12 months. Following banding, weight loss occurs slower, over 2 years. To achieve superior results, patients must have realistic expectations. The surgery is only treating certain aspects of a complex and multifactorial disease. A proper diet, exercise and overall lifestyle changes are essential to success.

Hospital Stay

Most gastric bypass and sleeve patients are admitted the morning of surgery and would be discharged two days after the day of surgery. Patients with high-risk coexisting illnesses might expect to stay an extra day or two if necessary to maximize their independence and speed of recovery.

Banding procedures are performed on an outpatient, same-day surgery basis at our Center for Weight Loss Surgery in Middletown, Connecticut. Medicare requires an overnight stay for their clients. 

Designed with your recovery in mind, our newly renovated fully-private patient rooms have all the comforts of home. The latest technology and functional design have been incorporated into this entire hospital wing dedicated exclusively to bariatric and surgical patients. From spacious rooms to wider recovery chairs to more accessible sinks and private baths, all room accommodations have been carefully considered with faster recovery in mind.

Potential Complications of Bariatric Surgery

Any operation, no matter how big or small, has the potential for complications. These are major operations and the potential complications include, but are not exclusive to: wound infection, incisional hernia, bleeding, blood clots in the legs or lungs, heart failure, heart attack, abscess, bowel obstruction, staple line leakage and other potentially serious complications. Minor complications include: wound infection, mild pneumonia, stomal strictures, and wound healing problems. With a severe complication, death could result.

Discharge from the Hospital after Gastric Bypass Surgery

After your stay in the hospital, you will be sent home when you are doing well and can either care for yourself or have made appropriate arrangements for some assistance at home for a few days. You will be seen in your surgeon’s office approximately 14–21 days after discharge. During the first days you are home before your first office visit, you will be on a liquid diet, which includes clear liquids and a protein rich supplement such as carnations instant breakfast. Decaffeinated tea or coffee is allowed. After your first visit, you will be started on a full liquid diet, which includes cooked cereals, strained soups, skim milk, plain yogurt, juices and other foods. You will be gradually advanced to pureed and finally solid foods over a 4 to 6-week period. All patients should take a multivitamin with minerals and iron once a day, every day for life.

Related Events

Weight Loss Surgery Support Group
Meets monthly on the third, fourth and fifth Mondays from 6:30pm - 8:00pm. This free support group for pre- and post-op weight loss surgery individuals allows for value information to be shared among peers. [More]

Weight Loss Surgery New Patient Information Seminar
Tue December 18, 2018 5:30pm - 8:00pm. Learn about surgical approaches to weight loss. [Register]

Weight Loss Surgery Pre-Op Support Group
Meets monthly on the first Monday from 6:30pm - 8:00pm. This free support group, which meets the first Monday of the month, allows individuals to gain information and insight from a dietitian and psychologist prior to surgery. [More]

Weight Loss Surgery One-Year-Plus Post-Op Support Group
Meets monthly on the second Monday from 6:30pm - 8:00pm. This free support group is for individuals that are at least one year post-surgery. [More]

Weight Loss Surgery Information Seminar
Tue January 15, 2019 5:30pm - 8:00pm. Learn about surgical approaches to weight loss. [Register]

All our seminars and support groups meet at this location:

Middlesex Hospital
North One Meeting Room
28 Crescent Street
Middletown, CT, 06457


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