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After Surgery

Saint Clare’s Dover Hospital is designated as a Comprehensive Center with Adolescent Qualifications under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) for adult and adolescent bariatric surgery. This designation provides assurance that Saint Clare’s Dover Hospital provides comprehensive, specialized care for patients before and after weight loss surgery.

Our staff is experienced in working with the bariatric patient and will provide all the necessary care required during your stay. From our bariatric coordinator to specialized equipment that is designed to meet the needs of the post-bariatric surgery patient, including bariatric chairs, beds, gowns and other specialized equipment.

Recovery Time

The amount of recovery time and hospital stay varies, depending on the type of procedure and the patient. Most patients return to normal daily activity one to two weeks after surgery, but each individual is different and patients should always consult their surgeon before beginning new activities. You must be driven home by a friend or family member after surgery.

Nutrition Plan Immediately Following Surgery

Before you are discharged home, you are required to comfortably tolerate an adequate amount of clear liquids. From there you will transition through four stages of the post-operative nutrition plan. These include clear liquids, full liquids, soft, and modified regular. The transition from clear liquids to the modified regular diet will happen over about six weeks following your surgery. Our registered dietitian is available every step of the way if needed.

Ongoing Support

Saint Clare’s Dover Hospital wants to be a part of your successful journey for as long as you need us. We offer monthly support group meetings that cover various topics of interest. Sharing your journey with others who have had weight loss surgery provides a sense of comfort and support which helps in your success.

Weight Loss Surgery Diet Progression Guidebook