What can I expect during my recovery for weight loss surgery?

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Dr. David Y. Suh, MD
Bariatric Medicine
In this video, David Suh, MD, from Riverside Community Hospital discusses the different recovery times for different weight loss procedures.
Azra Kukic
Bariatric Medicine
Azra Kukic from Reston Hospital Center discusses the recovery from weight loss surgery. Learn more from this video.
Most people take a minimum of 1 week off from work. However, if you can take off at least 2, it is helpful. People with physical jobs, especially those that involve a lot of lifting, should take up to 4 weeks off. After surgery, you may need to follow a specific diet to allow the stomach to heal. This depends on the type of surgery you have. It can take 1 to 2 months to return to a regular diet.
After weight loss surgery, you can expect some discomfort, but it's not major. In this video, Richard DiCicco, MD, a bariatric surgeon at Memorial Hospital of Tampa, describes other things to expect after surgery, including being on a liquid diet.
After weight loss surgery, the real challenge begins. In this video, Michael Snyder, MD, a bariatric surgeon at the Denver Center for Bariatric Surgery, explains how doctors help you adapt your lifestyle for real success after surgery.

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