Weight Loss Frequently Asked Questions

How many total bariatric cases has Dr. Hollis performed?

Over 6,000 bariatric cases

How long do I stay in the Hospital?

Lap Band patients go home the same day of surgery.
Gastric Bypass patients go home within 3-5 days after the procedure.
Gastric Sleeve patients stay overnight the day of surgery and usually go home the following day.

When can I take baths or showers?

Resume showering or bathing the next day. Let soap and water run over the wounds. Gently pat dry. Do not rub.

What will I eat when I leave the hospital?

Follow the 4 week menu plan given to you at time of surgery.

Can I drive my car?

Yes, resume driving 3 days after your actual surgery.

Can I wear my seat belt?


How long before I can return to work?

This ranges from 1-2 weeks depending on the type of work and the surgery performed. Most people return to work, not involving manual labor within a week of surgery.

When do I start taking the Vitamin-Mineral Supplements you prescribed, and for how long?

Begin taking the recommended vitamin-mineral supplements daily beginning 1 week after surgery. Continue for the rest of your life!

What can I do for constipation?
  • Increase fiber and water intake.
  • Fibersure/ Benefiber as directed.
  • Over the counter constipation medications
Are there any activities that I shouldn’t do?

Avoid contact sports 4 weeks after surgery.

How much exercise can I do?

Walk, climb stairs as much as you can. Start a regular exercise routine 3-4 times a week.

What are the ways I can regain weight after weight-loss surgery?
  • Eating foods high in carbohydrates/sugars and sweets
  • Snacking frequently during the day
  • Drinking alcohol frequently
  • Not starting or participating in a regular exercise program
What type of long-term, after-care services (such as support groups and counseling) can you provide for me?
  • Ongoing support groups throughout Houston.
  • Ongoing adjustments with dietary consultations.
  • Online support groups.
  • Access to Certified Bariatric Nurse.

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