Below are some common questions about your hospital stay based on the hundreds of people we have treated. If you have any further questions, please arrange a free, no obligation consultation below.
How long will I be in hospital?
Most people are in hospital for no more than one day following their operation. Sometimes it is necessary to stay in longer to ensure that patients are drinking enough and that symptoms of discomfort and nausea are well controlled.
How long does the operation take?
Surgery typically takes between 30 and 90 minutes to perform depending on the procedure. Click on our comparison tool to find out more.
Patients also spend approximately 15 to 20 minutes in the theatre complex before surgery undergoing additional checks and anaesthesia and then between 30 and 60 minutes recovering from anaesthesia before being taken back to the hospital ward.
What incisions will I have?
For the sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass and gastric band, you will have five small keyhole (laparoscopic) incisions which are typically between 5mm to 15mm long. These will be closed using a combination of dissolvable sutures and skin glue ensuring you have the best chance of healing neatly. The incisions will be waterproof within 24 hours allowing you to have a shower.
How much pain will I be in?
The amount of pain and discomfort that people feel after surgery varies. Some people will have very little or none, whilst most will have some symptoms. This is due to a combination of the carbon dioxide gas that we use to be able to perform the surgery and the incisions. Mr Alkhaffaf takes additional steps to minimise these by removing as much gas as possible at the end of the surgery and using local anaesthetic to the wounds.
Will I be given medication to go home with?
As part of our enhanced recovery programme, we ensure that all the necessary medications to minimise pain and nausea are provided before, during and after surgery. You can be assured that you will be sent home with the necessary medications.
Will I be given a sick note?
Sick notes are available from the ward. Please ensure you ask for yours before leaving. For the most, we provide a two week sick note for you to present to work. If you require longer, this can either be arranged in advance during your consultation with Mr Alkhaffaf or after by contacting your GP.
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