I was just evaluated for laporascopic bariatric surgery (gastric sleeve), the surgeon said that he wanted me to not play my trumpet for six months following the surgery. He cited his concern that air would force it's way into the esophagus (and thus into my stomach) and cause damage at the surgery site. I explained that air doesn't enter my stomach when I play, and that I wasn't taking 6 months off. Including the time I spent in the hospital I was only off for 2 weeks before and after my gallbladder removal (also laporascopic). Anyone have any experience with this issue? If so, can you give me information about how long I should reasonably expect to abstain from playing after my surgery?