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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, both of our locations offer support groups for those who have had surgery.

Concord and Manchester

  • No registration is required. Groups are open to anyone who has undergone weight loss surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock or other surgery programs.
  • In the event of inclement weather, please tune into WMUR-TV9 or WZID for a complete list of cancellations.


  • The third Wednesday of every month
  • From 6:00 to 7:00 pm
  • In Granite Conference room on the second floor of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord


  • The first Tuesday of every month
  • From 5:00 to 6:00 pm
  • In Conference Room A on the second floor of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester
Month Date Topic
October Manchester: October 6, 2020
Concord: October 21, 2020
Boo! My Weight Scares Me: Changing Body Image
November Please Vote - National Election November 3, 2020 No meetings this month
December Manchester: December 1, 2020
Concord: December 16, 2020
Holiday Party: New Year’s Resolutions & Goal Setting for 2021
*Grab bag; Yankee Swap. Please bring a fun, wrapped gift to participate (no more than $10)


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.

An advanced registered nurse practitioner and registered dietician guide the session and make it an open meeting for you to ask diet questions, review medication regimen, discuss exercise, and any other topics of interest.

Note: Graduate classes are limited to patients who have had completed surgery in Lebanon only.

Schedule for Postoperative Graduate Sessions

The first Friday and third Monday of every month, typically held in Auditorium A at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Date Time
Friday, October 4, 2019 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Monday, October 21, 2019 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm 
Friday, November 1, 2019 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Monday, November 18, 2019 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Friday, December 6, 2019 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Monday, December 16, 2019 4:30 pm to 5:30 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).

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