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.

Concord and Manchester

Our virtual support groups are open to anyone who has undergone weight loss surgery at here or other surgery programs.


The after surgery graduate classes are a one-hour session for those who have had surgery and have gone through the bariatric surgery program in Lebanon, or any other program. We welcome you to resume your care with our program.

A registered dietitian guides the session and makes it an open meeting for you to ask diet questions, review medication regimen, discuss exercise, and any other topics of interest.

Schedule for after surgery support group sessions

Our sessions are typically held in Auditorium A at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

Date Time
Friday, March 5, 2021 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Friday, April 2, 2021 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Friday, May 7, 2021 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Friday, June 4, 2021 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Friday, July 2, 2021 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Friday, August 6, 2021 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Friday, September 3, 2021 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Friday, October 1, 2021 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Friday, November 5, 2021 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Friday, December 3, 2021 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Auditorium locations

Park at the main entrance. Come in through the main entrance into the rotunda and the Information Desk. Auditoria are in the hallway to the right of the Information Desk. After surgery graduate classes are typically held in Auditorium A, but location is subject to change. Updated location information can be found at the Information Desk. Auditorium Locations (PDF).