Going back to work

Most patients will be able to return to work one to three weeks after their weight loss surgery date. Returning to work can be the first sign of normality. Going back to work is also a test of the patient’s post-bariatric surgery resolve.

Your ability to resume pre-surgery levels of activity will vary according to:

  1. your physical condition
  2. nature of the activity
  3. type of weight loss surgery you had

Returning to work, depending on the job, also presents a challenge of overworking or under working. Jobs that require vigorous activity such as lifting heavy items can cause complications in patients who are not yet fully recovered from their surgery. Patients should take it slow for at least 6 weeks after surgery. Another similarly difficult problem is the fact that most of us have jobs where we sit, virtually stationary and in the same place, all day long. As a result, we have very little opportunity to exercise. The solution is not easy and needs a modification in your life to accommodate for enough time for exercise to maximize your weight loss.

Adjustable Gastric Banding

Gastric banding is an adjustable gastric band that alters the anatomy of the stomach to help you reduce your food intake.

It is performed laparoscopically, meaning that the surgeon makes small incisions as opposed to one large incision.


Sleeve Gastrectomy?

Sleeve gastrectomy, or vertical sleeve gastrectomy, is one of the relatively newer types of weight loss surgery.

This surgery can also be referred to medically as gastric sleeve resection, gastric sleeve surgery or tube gastrectomy.


Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass) is regarded internationally as the “gold standard” of weight loss surgery designed to reduce your food intake if you have tried and failed to lose weight through diet and exercise. Follow up to 15 years after surgery has shown patients maintain weight loss after gastric bypass surgery.