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Surgery

Is laparoscopic surgery better than open surgery?
Typically, patients who have laparoscopic surgery have less discomfort, shorter hospital stays, decreased hernia and wound infection rates, reduced scarring and they return to work more quickly.

Will I have a lot of pain?
Every attempt is made to control pain after surgery and to make it possible for you to move about quickly and become active to speed recovery. Our staff will work with you to manage your pain appropriately both immediately following surgery and when you return home. Most patients report minimal discomfort after laparoscopic surgery.

How long do I have to stay in the hospital?
Although it can vary, most adjustable gastric banding patients are able to leave the same day as their surgery. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy patients generally go home the day following their surgery and gastric bypass patients typically go home one to two days following their surgery.

How soon will I be able to walk?
Almost immediately after surgery, your surgeon will require you to get up and move about. Patients are asked to walk or stand at the bedside on the night of surgery, take several walks down the halls the next day and thereafter. Walking is the most effective way to reduce your risk of having a pulmonary embolus.

How soon can I drive?
For your own safety, you should not drive until you have stopped taking narcotic medications and can move quickly and alertly to stop your car, especially in an emergency. Usually this takes seven to 14 days after surgery.