Stomach Surgery Timescales

Stomach Surgery Timescales

Stomach surgery operations to help treat cases of obesity are common place in the UK and are carried in both the public and private sector. Using surgery as a way to aid in weight loss is called bariatric surgery and involves two different kind of surgery, these are:

  • Restrictive surgery- this involves the resizing of the stomach using staples or a band which will only allow the person to consume small meals and feel full more quickly.
  • Malabsorptive- This involves restricting the size of the stomach by bypassing a part of the intestines. This will restrict food intake and prevent all calories from being absorbed into the body.

There are different stomach surgery timescales that should be taken into account when choosing a form of bariatric surgery, the build up to the operation, length of the operation and the recovery will depend on the kind of surgery chosen.

Undergoing a consultancy

The first step of all stomach surgery timescales is the consultancy period. This meeting will be between you and your surgeon and the aim of the consultancy will be to discuss if surgery is the right option for you and if so, which kind of surgery. You will also be told about the advantages and disadvantages of bariatric surgery and how it will affect you in terms of diet and lifestyle. The surgeon will be able to go into detail on how each part of the procedure is carried out and answer any questions that you may have regarding the surgery.

At the consultancy the surgeon will take details of your medical history to make sure that the operation is going to be safe and take photos and weight measurements to be used as “before and after” comparisons.

Stomach surgery procedure

Stomach surgery timescales will differ in terms of the length of time the actual operation will take, each operation will be done using general anaesthesia. Depending on the kind of surgery that has been decided on between you and your surgeon the stomach surgery timescales for the operation will be as follows:

  • Gastric banding- The length of this operation will generally be around 30 minutes to one hour.
  • Gastric bypass- This operation is likely to take between one and two hours
  • Intragastric balloon- This procedure can be done in approximately 20-30 minutes
  • Duodenal switch with biliopancreatic diversion- this is the longest procedure and will take approximately five to seven hours.

Weight loss surgery recovery

The stomach surgery timescales for recovery will also differ depending on the kind operation you have undergone. Each kind of bariatric surgical procedure is considered a major operation and will need substantial rest periods afterwards. The introduction of laparoscopic surgery which only uses micro-incisions have improved recovery rates dramatically in recent years and people are able to heal faster. How fast the body heals will ultimately depend on the person, a guide to recovery periods is as follows:

  • Gastric banding-  two weeks
  • Gastric bypass- six weeks
  • Duodenal switch- eight weeks
  • Intragastric balloon- one or two weeks