After Surgery

Hospital Stay

After surgery, you will stay one to two nights on the bariatric surgery floor where your diet will be slowly advanced and pain medication will be dispensed as needed. We encourage early ambulation as part of recovery.


Typically, the first postoperative appointment is three weeks after surgery. You'll meet with your dietitian three months after surgery, and you'll see the bariatric team six months after surgery then yearly for five years.

The Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Bariatric Center also provides support outside of the clinic through support groups, the Weigh To Go exercise program, mentoring and a counseling program. More information is listed on the Informational Seminars and Support Groups page.



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