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​The Hospital Stay

What to Expect at the Hospital

Most patients stay in the hospital approximately five to eight days after an open procedure and two to five days after a laparoscopic procedure. You will be discharged when you meet these criteria:

  • Can take enough liquids and nutrients by mouth to prevent dehydration
  • Have no fever
  • Have adequate pain control with medication
  • Can urinate
  • Can walk

Depending on which procedure you have, one or two small tubes may be placed around the stomach pouch and the bypassed stomach to drain body fluids after surgery. These tubes are usually removed in three to 10 days. To help prevent blood clots, anti-embolism stockings or other compression devices will be placed on your legs. Your surgeon will also require you to attempt to stand and move around as soon as possible, usually within the first 24 hours after surgery.

Depending on your medical condition, you may be placed in the intensive care unit to closely monitor your heart and lungs. Patients who use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or bilevel positive airway pressure (BPAP) machines for sleep apnea may be asked to bring them for use immediately after the operation.