After Surgery

After your procedure, you will spend a couple of hours in the recovery area, where our specialized recovery nurses will carefully monitor you while the anesthesia wears off. If you experience any pain, nausea or discomfort, your nurse will be there to help you.

We will help you get out of bed and start moving as soon as safely possible. This helps reduce the risk of developing blood clots and breathing issues. You might wake up with a dry mouth and raspy voice after any type of operation. You may feel thirsty. Be sure to ask your care team before eating or drinking anything.

Your diet after surgery

You will need to give your stomach a few days to heal and can expect to be on a liquid diet for several weeks after your procedure.

In the hospital

The length of your hospital stay depends on the procedure you have, your overall health, and your surgical outcomes. Most bariatric surgery patients spend 1 to 2 nights in the hospital.

Before you leave, your weight loss surgeon will evaluate you to ensure you are well enough to go home. Our discharge team will provide you with detailed instructions about your diet and care of your surgical site.

Going home

When you go home, you will be be on a full liquid diet until you meet with our dietitian to advance your diet. You should be able to get up and move around without much difficulty. You will lose weight quickly over the first 3 to 6 months. During this time, you might have body aches, feel tired, or experience skin and hair changes. Changes in your mood can also happen. As your body gets used to your weight loss and your weight becomes stable, these issues should subside. Because of this quick weight loss, you will need to be careful that you get all of the nutrition and vitamins you need as you recover.

After surgery support groups

In the weeks and months following surgery, we offer virtual support groups for those who have had surgery. Networking with others who are experiencing similar lifestyle changes can be very helpful in one’s weight loss journey. Patients can use the support group time to share current challenges and learn how others address similar issues. A registered dietitian is always present to facilitate conversation and help answer questions.

2023 monthly informational topics

Pre-registration is required for all meetings. To receive a link to the Webex meeting, please call 603-695-2870 Opt. 1. These dates are subject to change without notice.

Date Subject Time
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 Nurtrition by Elliot RD 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Tuesday, December 20, 2022 Topic of choice by Weight & Wellness 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Monday, January 2, 2023 Exercise by Weight & Wellness 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Tuesday, February 21, 2023 Nutrition by Elliot RD 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 Psychology by Weight & Wellness 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Tuesday, April 18, 2023 Hospital Experience 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Tuesday, May 16, 2023 Nutrition by Elliot RD 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Tuesday, June 20, 2023 Psychology 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Tuesday, July 18, 2023 Exercise by Weight & Wellness 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Tuesday, August 15, 2023 Nutrition by Elliot RD 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Tuesday, September 19, 2023 Psychology 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Tuesday, October 17, 2023 Hospital Experience 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Tuesday, November 21, 2023 Nutrition by Elliot RD 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Tuesday, December 19, 2023 Topic of choice by Weight & Wellness 5:30 to 7:30 pm