We are happy to answer any questions you may have. To get you started we invite you to review some of the most commonly asked questions about bariatric surgery.
How much weight will I lose, and how quickly?
Many patients are eager to experience an overnight transformation, but weight loss will require your patience. With gastric bypass, you can expect to lose 90% of your excess body weight after a year and half. With sleeve gastrectomy, excess body weight lost during the same time period is typically 70%. With adjustable gastric banding, most patients lose 50% of their excess weight after three years.
How long does it take to recover from surgery?
Most gastric banding patients can leave the hospital the same day. Sleeve gastrectomy usually requires an overnight stay, while gastric bypass is typically a two-night stay. Most patients can return to work in 1–3 weeks following surgery, depending on your procedure.
Will I feel sick or uncomfortable following surgery?
You may experience some discomfort as your body adjusts. You will be prescribed a special liquid and soft-food diet for the first few weeks following your procedure to allow your body and stomach to properly heal. If you frequently experience extreme nausea or sickness following surgery please contact us.
Will I need to have regular checkups following surgery?
Following surgery, you will need to undergo regularly scheduled checkups. Your first appointment is 7–10 days after surgery.
Will bariatric surgery limit physical activity?
No. After you have recovered fully, you can enjoy all physical activities, including aerobics, stretching, strength training, and all other forms of strenuous exercise.
Is bariatric surgery reversible?
Depending on the procedure, your surgery may be reversed if certain complications arise.
Will bariatric surgery interfere with the ability to become pregnant?
Bariatric surgery is considered completely safe for pregnancy. We recommend that you not attempt to get pregnant for a year and a half following weight-loss surgery.
Can I take medication?
Bariatric surgery will not prevent you from being able to take prescribed medication. It can, however, cause alterations in absorption of medications; therefore, all time-released medications should be switched to the non-time-released counterparts. Chewable tablets and liquids are also alternatives. Always consult your prescribing doctor with any issues.
Can I continue to go out to eat?
You can absolutely continue to dine out in restaurants, but keep in mind that you will only be able to eat very small portion sizes.