Once your procedure is finished, the surgeon will speak to your family or friends at the hospital. You’ll be taken directly to the recovery room, where it can take about 30 – 45 minutes before you are awake and alert enough to have visitors. Once you’re fully awake, your family will be invited to see you.
Additional post-operative expectations are based on the type of procedure you’ve had and how you’re feeling as you recover. At Lumin Bariatric Weight Loss, we typically expect patients to be up and walking around about 4 hours after surgery. Most patients will also be given liquids to drink immediately.
Your pain will be controlled by a combination of 5 different medications, including ketorolac, acetaminophen, gabapentin, an oral narcotic and an intravenous narcotic. The first three will be given to you right away, without your having to request them. If your pain is not controlled with these medications, you can ask your nurse for the additional pain medicines.
Nausea after your bariatric surgery is common. You will have at least 2 medications for nausea. If you continue to feel nauseated or are vomiting, please request to speak with your nurse.
Most patients will spend one night in the hospital for monitoring and will then be released the day after surgery. We want to ensure that, once at home, you don’t need to return to the hospital due to post-operative pain or nausea!
Your surgeon will see you the day after your procedure. If you have any questions before going home, don’t forget to write them down ahead of time so you can ask at this time. If you are feeling well, you’re taking liquids without issue and your pain is controlled, your surgeon will clear you for discharge. Most patients can expect to leave the hospital in the early-to-mid afternoon hours on the day after surgery.