Frequently Asked Questions about Bariatric Surgery
Gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy surgeries typically require 2-3 hours in the operating room. Lap-Band® surgery typically requires one hour in the operating room. Learn about this procedure by going to www.rush.edu/bariatric.
Gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy surgeries usually require 2 days in the hospital while lap-band surgery requires 24 hours.
It is expected that you sit up in a chair within 4 hours after surgery and begin taking several walks the next day. After you leave the hospital you will be able to care for all your personal needs, but will need help with transportation.
We recommend you wait a minimum of 2 weeks after surgery before driving. You must have stopped taking any narcotic medication and be able to safely and alertly drive your car.
Within 1 to 6 weeks depending on the amount of physical activity your job requires.
Hair loss, vomiting, intolerance to some foods, vitamin and mineral deficiency are some of the complications. All of these side effects can be resolved or avoided by taking multivitamins daily and by following a good nutrition plan and careful eating.