The Hospital Stay
The team of dedicated professionals at the hospital will guide you through every step of the way during your time in the hospital.
You will have an IV for fluids but you will be instructed on sipping water very slowly.
After your surgery to help prevent blood clots; compression devices will be placed on your legs until you are walking. Most patients are walking within 2 to 4 hours after their surgery. Walking after surgery is one of the most crucial things you can do to prevent problems. Walking promotes the flow of oxygen throughout your body, promotes healing, helps prevent blood clots, decrease any gas pain,
Pain after surgery is normal and to be expected. Everyone handles pain differently. Typically pain is at the incision sites. Some patients experience shoulder pain; which is commonly known as gas pain; which is relieved with walking. Gas pain is a result of the use of a gas in the abdomen during laparoscopic surgery. While in the hospital the nursing staff will work closely with you to address your pain.
Most patients having the Lapband surgery are discharged on the same day of their surgery. Most patients having the Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery are discharged the day after the surgery. Most patients having the Gastric Bypass surgery are discharged on the second post-operative day.
You will be discharged when you are able to:
1) Take liquids by mouth to prevent dehydration
2) Have no fever
3) Have adequate pain control
4) Walking easily