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Making the decision to undergo bariatric surgery requires a lot of planning. Part of that process is asking the right questions both about how to prepare for your procedure and what to expect after you leave the operating room. Among the most common questions asked by gastric surgery patients pertain to the post-op recovery period. How long will it take you to recover? How long will you need to take off work? When will you be able to return to normal activity? What can you expect from the healing process? These are all real and valid questions. While gastric surgery recovery times can vary by patient and procedure, most weight loss surgeries today are minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures which promise speedier recovery and fewer complications. Certain procedures may even allow patients to return home the same day. In other cases, however, patients may need to remain in the hospital for two or three days following surgery.