The Hospital Stay

Lady reading bookFor the laparoscopic procedure most patient’s length of stay for the gastric bypass is 2 days; for the lap band, 1 day.  Patient’s length of stay for an open procedure is approximately 5 days. You will be discharged when you are able to:

  1. Take enough liquids and nutrients by mouth to prevent dehydration
  2. Have no fever
  3. Have adequate pain control with medication

Depending on which procedure is performed, one or two small tubes may be placed around the stomach pouch and the bypassed stomach to drain body fluids after the surgery. These are usually removed in three to ten days. To help prevent blood clots, anti-embolism compression devices will be placed on your legs and your surgeon will require you to attempt to stand up and move around as soon as possible, usually within the first 24 hours.

Depending on your medical condition, there is the possibility of being placed in the intensive care unit to closely monitor your heart and lungs. Depending on the hospital, patients who use Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) or Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) for sleep apnea may be asked to bring their machines with them for use immediately after the operation.

PATIENT TESTIMONIAL
"I was over 360 lbs. now I'm 235 and still losing! I have never been sick a day since surgery. A couple times I over ate and had some discomfort but it passed quickly. (won't do that again). I haven't taken a pill since surgery, no sugar pills, no heart meds, nothing at all. My sugar was bouncing between 400 & 500 before surgery off and on even with meds. I am so happy with my results. I want to thank you and all the personnel in your office and thanks to Dr. Felix. A job well done! I have nothing but good things to say about the whole deal from the treatment in the hospital, before and after surgery, to follow ups in office. You girls are so nice when you call to check on me, even though I'm over 100 miles away. Thanks again so very much.
 

- Terry



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