How Long Will I Be Out of Work after Lap-Band Surgery?
Most likely, not long at all! As you may know, the lap band involves placing a band around the stomach, which is then ˮinflatedˮ with saline to create a pouch so that the stomach holds less food than usual.
The surgeon does not cut, rearrange, or otherwise modify the organs in your body; he just places a ring around your stomach.
But are you aware of what the "lap" in "lap-band" stands for?
It means the surgery is "laparoscopic." Laparoscopic surgery is done with thin tools that the surgeon inserts through tiny incisions in the patient's body. With laparoscopic techniques, surgeons can perform a wide variety of operations including bariatric procedures.
Laparoscopy is preferable to "open" surgery in the sense that smaller incisions are less invasive to the body, causing less trauma, so the risk of complications is less and recovery time is shorter.
After lap-band surgery, any physical discomfort you might have as a result of surgery generally dissipates pretty quickly. However, this doesn't mean your body has completely healed, and you should still be careful and give yourself time to recover. Avoiding strenuous activity, such as heavy lifting or vigorous sports, is important until your doctor gives you the all-clear.
The Activity Level of Your Job Will Partially Dictate How Long You're Away from Work
Most workers, whose duties are not physically demanding, should be back at work within a week of surgery. If you have a very active job, you may need to stay out longer. Your doctor will help you determine the appropriate recuperation period.
It must be noted that surgical complications do occur, and these can increase the time you're out of work. However, it is very uncommon that a patient has complications that keep him away from the office.
We at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital would be happy to provide any further information.