How long will I be off of work after surgery?

Your time out of work will depend on the type of weight loss surgery you have. After laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery using the REALIZE™ or LAP-BAND® devices, a patient can typically return to work in about two weeks. Gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy procedures may require an average recovery time of two to three weeks. If possible, taking additional time off will allow you the opportunity to practice new eating habits, resume exercise and build your energy level.