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Your Inpatient Stay

Our caring team in the Palmetto Health Weight Management Center will make your stay with us as comfortable as possible. We have special equipment in our surgical suite and each patient room designed for the comfort of our bariatric patients. Our compassionate nurses and staff in our operating room and on the inpatient unit are specially trained to care for bariatric patients and are sensitive to your needs. 

What should I expect on the day of surgery?
Upon arriving at Palmetto Health, our staff will prepare you for surgery. Most surgeries are done laparascopically and take about two hours. After your surgery is finished, the surgeon will update your family on the procedure. After 2 – 4 hours in the recovery room, you will be moved to your room where your family can visit with you. 

Most patients spend the first night in their room, and a family member is welcome to stay with them. Activity helps prevent complications such as blood clots, so the staff will help you walk the evening of surgery.

Will I be in pain?
Patients do experience pain after any surgical procedure, but our Bariatric Team will provide medication to manage the pain and keep you comfortable.

How long will I be in the hospital?
Depending on the procedure, most patients will stay in the hospital 1-3 days. Those who have an open incision during surgery will stay about seven days. Each patient is unique, so your length of stay could vary.

Besides the surgeon, what other Weight Management Center staff will I see in the hospital?
You will be seen by the nurse practitioner throughout your inpatient stay as she assists in your medical care and answers your questions. A dietician will assess you each day to monitor your transition to a clear liquid and then full liquid diet. You can also expect a visit from a behavioral care nurse, and perhaps some members of the Bari-Buddies Support Group. We want to make sure that your physical and emotional needs are met during this time.