Dear Mary: Recovery time is as unique as the individual. I am 2 months post op from Lap RNY and after 17 other surgeries in my life, thought this would be a piece of cake. I was in the hospital for a week, however was back at work on the 14th day of my recovery. For me, that was too soon. Not because I had pain, the pain was gone for the most part when I left the hospital, but I should of stayed home and started a good foundation of eating/exercise. It hasn't been easy for me to eat correctly. Slowing way way down and no drinking while eating has proven to be challenging. Never mind interrupting my hectic job to feed myself. My doctor originally gave me 4 wks and I believe that is a good amount of time to recover and give yourself time to adjust to the changes, it is substantial. Being prepared is so important for this procedure. Give yourself whatever you can and Godspeed.