Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery Recovery Time
Los Angeles, California
Weight-loss surgery is a successful treatment for morbid obesity. Dr. Carson Liu™ offers two surgical weight loss options to help you lose weight and improve your quality of life.
Gastric Bypass Surgery
The most commonly performed gastric bypass surgery is Roux en-Y Gastric Bypass. In this procedure, staples permanently close off a portion of the stomach. A Y-shaped piece of the upper intestine is attached to this new, smaller stomach pouch. This accomplishes two goals:
- The amount of food you can eat at one meal is reduced.
- Food bypasses the initial portion of your intestine.
Because the amount of calories and nutrients normally absorbed is reduced, along with the amount of food your stomach holds, you will enjoy dramatic weight loss and reduction or elimination of obesity-related health conditions.
Gastric bypass surgery recovery time requires two to three days in the hospital. Most patients can return to normal activities within three to five weeks.
The LAP-BAND® System uses an inflatable silicone band placed around the upper portion of the stomach to create a smaller stomach pouch. A smaller stomach pouch reduces the amount of food that can be eaten during a meal. When you eat less, you lose weight.
The LAP-BAND® System is minimally invasive. No incisions, stapling or intestinal re-routing is required. This surgical weight loss method offers reduced pain and scarring and a faster recovery. The LAP-BAND® procedure is adjustable and reversible, making it a popular option for surgical weight loss candidates.
Unlike gastric bypass surgery, lap band surgery can be performed as an outpatient procedure. Most patients can return to normal activities in a few days.
Both gastric bypass and The LAP-BAND® surgery are laparoscopic procedures, meaning no incisions are necessary. Laparoscopic bariatric surgery is less traumatic, reducing recovery time dramatically to help you achieve and maintain significant weight loss, reduce or eliminate the harmful effects of obesity-related health conditions, and improve your quality of life.
Improving Laparoscopic Surgery Recovery Time
Recovery time is improved by following Dr. Liu's post-surgical instructions carefully. Because your new stomach pouch holds only a few ounces of food at one meal, it is important to make every bite count.
Your long-term success after weight loss surgery depends upon making permanent changes to your eating and exercise habits.
Dr. Liu's recommendations for a swift recovery include:
- Eating just a few ounces of food at every meal
- Eating slowly and chewing food thoroughly
- Avoiding liquid for 30 minutes before eating, while eating and 30 minutes after eating
- Taking vitamins and supplements
- Avoiding foods containing simple sugars
- Getting enough protein
If you are considering bariatric surgery to help you lose weight and become healthier, contact Dr. Carson Liu™ in Los Angeles, California to schedule a comprehensive consultation.