What is the downtime or recovery time after surgery?

Most patients will be in the hospital 1 or 2 days.You may be out of works 1-3 weeks, tops maybe a month. This is not because of pain, but mostly because they are learning how to adjust with their new stomach.

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Is bariatric surgery safe?

It is very safe! We reference this in the video http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa0901836 We always discuss all the risks with patients.