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Bariatric Surgery FAQs

What sort of evaluations should I expect prior to my scheduled surgery?
Does recovery take a long time?
What happens after I have recovered from my surgery?
Are there side effects to weight-loss surgery?
Do I qualify for bariatric surgery?
What is a healthy weight for me?

What sort of evaluations should I expect prior to my scheduled surgery?
In addition to a consultation with your surgeon, you are required to have pre-op specialist appointments with a cardiologist, pulmonologist, nutritionist, and a behavioral health specialist. In some cases, appointments with an endocrinologist and a vascular specialist are required.

Does recovery take a long time?
You should plan on spending about three days in the hospital, followed by one to three weeks of recovery at home.

 What happens after I have recovered from my surgery?
You will be asked to come in for follow-up visits at:

  • 2 weeks
  • 1, 2, 5, 9 & 12 months
  • 2 times annually for 2 years
  • Annually for life

Weight loss typically starts happening soon after surgery and continues for 18 months to two years. You may regain a little weight after that time, but very few people gain back all the weight they lost.

We will provide counseling and support to help you learn and maintain healthy eating habits and establish an exercise routine. Your follow-up appointments will be important in helping to keep you on track as well as for monitoring your weight loss.

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Are there side effects to weight-loss surgery?
Yes, although many of them are positive ones such as increased energy levels, (especially if you are exercising), decreased fatigue, and sleeping better at night. Consistent exercise will burn calories, build muscle tone, and help you feel better overall.

On the flip side, you may notice excess skin folds and wrinkles where the greatest weight loss has occurred, especially on the face, upper arms, and abdomen. You may want to consider reconstructive surgery to improve your appearance after your weight loss has stabilized.

Do I qualify for bariatric surgery?
According to the American Obesity Association, you may qualify for obesity surgery:

  • If you are severely obese (BMI of 40 or more) or have a BMI of 35 to 39.9 with serious medical conditions (such as high blood cholesterol and triglycerides, hypertension, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, and other serious cardiopulmonary disorders)
  • If you have tried other methods of weight loss (changes in eating, behavior, increased physical activity and/or drug therapy) and are still severely obese
  • If you are unable to physically perform routine daily activities (work-related and family functions) and your quality of life is seriously impaired due to the severity of your obesity
  • If you understand the procedure, risks of surgery, and effects after surgery
  • If you are motivated to making a lifelong behavioral commitment that includes well-balanced eating and physical activity habits which are needed to achieve the best results

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What is a healthy weight for me?

Calculate your BMI to learn more about your current weight.
http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_bmi/english_bmi_calculator/bmi_calculator.html


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