Surgery & Post-Operative Care
Patients who qualify for surgery can be assured that University Hospital provides comprehensive, specialized care for patients both before and after weight loss surgery. Our staff is experienced in working with and supporting the unique needs of the bariatric patient, and each and every bariatric patient will receive the necessary care and monitoring required during your stay. University Hospital’s program utilizes specialized equipment designed to meet the needs of the post-bariatric surgery patient – including special chairs, beds, gowns and other specialized equipment.
Recovery & Hospital Stay
Depending on the type of procedure and the patient, the amount of recovery time and hospital stay varies. Many patients return to normal daily activity one to two weeks after surgery, but each individual is different and patients should always consult their surgeon before beginning new activities. Patients must be driven home by a friend or a relative after discharge from the hospital.
Post-Operative Nutrition & Care Plan
Before being discharged from the hospital, patients are required to comfortably tolerate an adequate amount of clear liquids. Once discharged, post-operative patients transition through four stages of the post-operative nutrition plan –clear liquids, full liquids, soft/puree, and a modified diet of full solids. The transition through all stages of the recovery diet will happen over about six weeks following your surgery. Our registered dietitian is available to patients every step of the way if needed.
Your surgeon will outline the required check-ups and medical appointments following surgery. You should expect appointments at two, six, and 10 weeks following surgery.
University Hospital and our comprehensive bariatrics team are committed to be part of your weight loss journey for as long as you need us. We are committed to your success. Our Bariatric Patient Navigator is available to assist you in the weeks and months following surgery.