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Gastric bypass surgery is performed to help morbidly obese patients lose significant amounts of weight.

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You may be well enough to go back to work just a week after surgery.

June 01st, 2012 By Jeremy Korman

How Long Does it Take to Go Back to Work after Gastric Bypass?

Gastric bypass surgery involves more significant surgical alteration of the digestive system than some of our other surgery options, such as the lap-band or gastric plication.

However, the minimally invasive surgical techniques that modern bariatric surgeons use have cut down on recovery time compared to surgeries for which the abdominal cavity is opened. Smaller incisions equals less bodily trauma, which means less discomfort, less risk of complications, and less time out of the office (as well as less scarring — another plus).

Because of this, many patients find that they are back up and moving within a couple of days after surgery. You may be back at work within a week, although you may find that a few extra days are useful to help the healing process.

Steps of Recovery after Gastric Bypass

The first couple of days after the operation, you will likely be in the hospital to recuperate. After that, you will be sent home with instructions for how to resume normal daily activities. Our physical therapist will help you by setting a realistic timeline for your return to full fitness and activity.

The time you are off work is influenced by the sort of work you do, though. Many people work in office jobs where not a lot of heavy lifting or other physical exertion is needed; they normally have the most rapid return to work. However, someone who performs manual labor might be out for longer than an office worker. The heavier the lifting, the longer the recovery — a janitor, for example, might be away from the job site for longer than a administrative assistant.

All cases are different

We work with all our patients to check how they’re doing so they can get back to their normal lives as quickly as possible. After all, that’s the ultimate goal of weight surgery: to help people live fully without the physical and medical challenges imposed by obesity.

Call us at (800) 491-1977 to set up a consultation. If you’re a good candidate for surgery, we can help you figure out the best time to undergo the procedure so you miss as little work as possible.

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By Jeremy Korman