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What will the recovery from weight loss surgery be like?

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Most gastric bypass surgery is laparoscopic, which means the surgeon makes small cuts. That means a shorter recovery time.

Most people stay in the hospital 2-3 days, and get back to normal activities in 3-5 weeks.

If the surgery must be open, meaning the surgeon has to make a larger cut, healing takes longer.

SOURCES:

Brethauer, S. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, November 2006.

Schauer P. Surgical Clinics of North America, Oct. 1, 2001.

Buchwald, H. The Journal of the American Medical Association, Oct. 13, 2004.

Virji, A. American Family Physician, April 15, 2006.

Shah, M. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Nov. 1, 2006.

WebMD Feature: "Life After Weight Loss Surgery."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Gastric Bypass Surgery."

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: "Rationale for the Surgical Treatment of Morbid Obesity."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 15, 2019

SOURCES:

Brethauer, S. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, November 2006.

Schauer P. Surgical Clinics of North America, Oct. 1, 2001.

Buchwald, H. The Journal of the American Medical Association, Oct. 13, 2004.

Virji, A. American Family Physician, April 15, 2006.

Shah, M. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Nov. 1, 2006.

WebMD Feature: "Life After Weight Loss Surgery."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Gastric Bypass Surgery."

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: "Rationale for the Surgical Treatment of Morbid Obesity."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 15, 2019

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