What to expect

Flushing Hospital Medical Center is proud to announce

that our Bariatric Surgical Center has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®)


Surgery may take one to four hours depending on the type and difficulty of each procedure

  • Gastric bypass -surgery may take two to four hours.
  • Lap band -surgery may take one to two hours.
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy- surgery may take one to three hours.
  • After surgery you will be sent to a recovery room to be closely monitored and recuperate for at least an hour.
  • You may experience pain at the incision site; however, your medical team will be available to help you in keeping your pain under control.
  • There is a possibility that you may experience discomfort from the gas used during laparoscopic surgery.
  • You will be asked to walk on the day of your surgery as frequently as possible. This will promote circulation and prevent blood from clotting. A member of our medical team will assist you.
  • To prevent possible complications such as pneumonia, you may be asked to take deep breaths and breathe into an instrument called an incentive spirometer and cough frequently.
  • You will be given ice chips and water to sip, if these are not rejected by the body, you will be placed on a clear liquid diet. Gradually you will be able to ingest solid foods.
  • Prior to discharge, the surgeon, nurse or discharge coordinator will instruct you to follow a specific diet. Our team of dietitians will assist you in developing a personalized nutrition plan.
  • Our commitment in providing you with quality care does not end shortly after surgery. We are fully invested in your life-time change and offer continuous support in the form of monthly medical monitoring, support groups and nutritional counseling.

Each procedure yields different outcomes, however the following guidelines are generally expected.