How long does weight loss surgery take?

There are two steps to this process. The process to getting the surgery approved can take a few weeks to 6 months, depending on your health insurance criteria. The actual operating time can be 1 to 3 hours, depending on the procedure you are having.
Weight loss surgery can take from 45 minutes to 3 hours, depending on the procedure type.
Typically, gastric band weight-loss surgery takes about 30 minutes; gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgeries typically last for just under one hour. The hospital stay can be a day for gastric band surgery and up to two days for a gastric sleeve or gastric bypass procedure.
At South Miami Hospital’s Weight-loss Surgery Program, we have processes in place to ensure patients receive the best care. This starts with the preoperative education and screening, and continues through the postoperative follow-up and support. Patients are cared for by specialized surgeons, nurses and staff on a bariatric-patient floor, using modern equipment.

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Weight Loss Procedures and Surgeries

Weight Loss Procedures and Surgeries

Weight loss surgery procedures, including liposuction, gastric bypass, gastric botox and Lap Band surgery are viable options for those needing help with excessive weight loss. But they aren't without their risks. Weight loss surge...

ry procedures should only be performed on individuals for whom regular diet, exercise and medication didn't prove effective. Check out the answers below for more information on how weight loss surgery has advanced over time and which one might be best for you.

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