Does Laparoscopic Surgery decrease the risk?
Yes. Laparoscopic operations carry fewer risks as the procedure performed as an open operation. The benefits of laparoscopy are typically less discomfort, shorter hospital stay, reduced scarring, decreased risk of infection, early ambulation, and return to work sooner.
• 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 problems and speeds recovery. Pain after surgery is normal and to be expected. Everyone handles pain differently. Typically pain is at the incision sites. Some patients experience shoulder pain; which is commonly known as gas pain; which is relieved with walking. Gas pain is a result of the use of a gas in the abdomen during laparoscopic surgery. While in the hospital the nursing staff will work closely with you to address your pain.
• How long do I have to stay in the hospital?
Most patients having the Lapband surgery are discharged on the same day of their surgery. Most patients having the Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery are discharged the day after the surgery. Most patients having the Gastric Bypass surgery are discharged on the second post-operative day.
• If I have surgery, what can I expect when I wake up in the recovery room?
When you awake in the recovery room you will be sleepy the nurses will ensure your pain is addressed along with initiating deep breathing and using an incentive spirometer. You will have an oxygen tube under your nose, an IV for fluids and medications, and compression boots on your legs. You will not have a catheter for urine and most likely will not have any drains from your incision sites on your abdomen. All abdominal operations carry the risks of bleeding, infection in the incision, thrombophlebitis of legs (blood clots), lung problems (pneumonia, pulmonary embolisms), strokes or heart attacks, anesthetic complications, and blockage or obstruction of the intestine. These are just a few of the risks and complications to discuss with your bariatric surgeon.
• How soon will I be able to walk?
After your surgery to help prevent blood clots; compression devices will be placed on your legs until you are walking. Most patients are walking within 2 to 4 hours after their surgery. Walking after surgery is one of the most crucial things you can do to prevent problems. Walking promotes the flow of oxygen throughout your body, promotes healing, helps prevent blood clots, decrease any gas pain,
• 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.