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Clear Lake Regional Medical Center
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Will I have a lot of pain?

Every attempt is made to control pain after surgery to make it possible for you to move about quickly and become active. This helps avoid complications and speeds recovery. Often several medications are used together to help manage your post-surgery pain. While in the hospital, a patient controlled analgesia (PCA), which allows you to give yourself a dose of pain medicine on demand, may be used by your physician.

How long do I have to stay in the hospital?

This varies by procedure. The laparoscopic adjustable gastric band is done on an outpatient basis with a possible overnight stay, and two to three days for a gastric bypass or sleeve Gastrectomy

Will the doctor leave a drain in after surgery?

Depending on your surgeon and the procedure performed you may have a small tube to allow drainage of any accumulated fluids from the abdomen. This is a safety measure, and it is usually removed a few days after the surgery. Generally, it produces no more than minor discomfort.

How soon will I be able to walk?

Almost immediately after surgery doctors will require you to get up and move about. Patients are asked to walk or stand at the bedside on the night of surgery, take several walks the next day and thereafter. On leaving the hospital, you may be able to care for all your personal needs, but will need help with shopping, lifting and with transportation.

How soon can I drive?

For your own safety, you should not drive until you have stopped taking narcotic medications and can move quickly and alertly to stop your car, especially in an emergency.