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How long does it take to recover from weight loss surgery?

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Recovery time varies depending on the type of surgery. Recovery from gastric banding usually takes at least 1 week, and with a gastric bypass, it is often up to 4 weeks.

Because of newer techniques, weight loss surgery can often be done with small surgical cuts. A few centers around the country even do weight loss surgery on an outpatient basis.

SOURCES: Daniel Herron, MD, bariatric surgery chief, Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York. James Kolenich, MD, former University of Pennsylvania Medical Center bariatric surgeon. Joe De Simone, PhD, psychologist, New York. Harvey J. Sugerman, MD, editor-in-chief, ; bariatric surgeon, Sanibel, FL. American Obesity Association. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.





Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 30, 2019

SOURCES: Daniel Herron, MD, bariatric surgery chief, Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York. James Kolenich, MD, former University of Pennsylvania Medical Center bariatric surgeon. Joe De Simone, PhD, psychologist, New York. Harvey J. Sugerman, MD, editor-in-chief, ; bariatric surgeon, Sanibel, FL. American Obesity Association. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.





Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 30, 2019

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