Hospital Stay

It is important to remember that The New York Bariatric Group and its affiliate Bariatric Center has been recognized as a “MBSAQIP and its Accredited Center-Comprehensive”. This designation provides the public with the assurance that our practice provides complete care for patients before, during, and after bariatric surgery, and we have a proven track record verified by an independent review organization.

Based on this designation, we have proven that your hospital stay, whether overnight (as in the case of Lap-Band or Sleeve Surgery), same day (as in the case of Lap band or Rose surgery), or for up to two nights (as in the case of Laparoscopic Roux en Y surgery) will provide all that is necessary for a fast and pleasant recovery. From our full time bariatric nurse coordinator to specialized equipment that is needed to fulfill the needs of our patients after bariatric surgery, including bariatric chairs, beds, gowns, and other specialized equipment. At the end of your hospital stay, you will find that our program is designed solely for the purpose of the bariatric patient.

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Recovery Period

The amount of recovery time from weight loss surgery varies, depending on the type of procedure that was performed. Gastric bypass recovery time will be different from lap band recovery time, for instance, and the length of your hospital stay will also vary, as mentioned above. Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery recovery time begins with typically two full days in the hospital and patients who have undergone Lap Band surgery or the Sleeve surgery typically go home the same day or quite possibly the day after surgery.

After bariatric surgery, patients are required to comfortably tolerate liquids (stage 1 bariatric diet) and a soft-pureed diet (stage 2 bariatric diet) before they are discharged from the hospital. Patients will need to remain on the stage 2 bariatric diet for the first 4 weeks after surgery and after that time may introduce the stage 3 bariatric diet which consists primarily of a protein based diet with no concentrated sweets, carbohydrates, or carbonated beverages.

It is important to remember that after being discharged from the hospital following bariatric surgery, you may not be able to return to your normal daily activities for up to one to two weeks. Patients must be driven home by a friend or family member after surgery and can return to work in approximately three to five days.

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Most importantly, no matter which procedure they undergo, all patients are encouraged to take plenty of time to recover after bariatric surgery. Patients should not return to work until they have had enough time to heal and feel physically comfortable.

Learn more about lap band or gastric bypass recovery time, and other guidelines and expectations, as well as post-bariatric surgery assistance and support by calling the New York Bariatric Group at 800-633-THIN.

Virtual Aftercare

The New York Bariatric Group is proud to provide a virtual aftercare program to assist you on your gastric balloon journey.

We have a website portal, Android and iPhone app where you can make your appointments with our nutritionist or fitness trainer.

At the time of your appointment, simply click a button from the comforts of your own home and you are instantly video connected to our staff. We also have a comprehensive library of prerecorded fitness and nutritional videos, unlimited messaging with our nutritionist, as well as streaming group nutrition and fitness classes.