The hospital stay after the surgery is usually one night. After the surgery you will start on the clear fluids only like water, juices, black tea, broth etc. These liquids should be sipped slowly in very small amounts. Before going to the home from the hospital you will have an x-ray to check the position of band. You will then be able to consume free fluids for rest of the hospital stay. During the next 4 - 6 weeks, while the body heals, you will slowly increase the texture & volume of food you take.