Frequently Asked Questions about Weight Loss Surgery
The more you learn about bariatric surgery and the side effects of the procedure, the more you will be ready to make a fully informed decision on whether or not the surgery is right for you. We have compiled some of our most frequently asked questions below.
How do I know if weight loss surgery is right for me? We recommend that you take steps to understand your options and become educated about the process. To make your decision easier and to learn about bariatric surgery in a safe, compassionate environment, you are welcome to attend one of our free monthly weight loss surgery seminars held at the hospital, or watch the weight loss surgery seminar online from the comfort of your own home.
Is weight loss surgery a guarantee for permanent weight loss? No. Weight loss surgery is a tool for you to use in the process of weight loss. Your success will depend on how willing you are to follow dietary and exercise guidelines after the procedure.
Do I need to be in good health to qualify for surgery? Many obese patients are suffering from diseases or conditions along with their obesity, such as high blood pressure, heart problems, lung problems and kidney issues. Our team is highly experienced in dealing with these conditions before, during and after your surgery.
Will I lose my hair? Hair loss is a possibility with weight loss surgery, but it is only temporary. Hair usually grows back once the period of rapid weight loss has slowed. Getting enough protein in your diet will help.
Will I have excess skin? As you start to lose weight rapidly, you will notice excess skin on your body. The amount of loose skin you have will depend on the amount of weight lost, your age, and your smoking habits before surgery.
Will I need to continue to have office visits after surgery? Yes. Your medical condition will be changing rapidly after weight loss surgery, so it is absolutely vital that we monitor you throughout the process and provide the support you need.
Will I have trouble digesting food after the surgery? You will likely vomit from time to time. We recommend that early in your transition to regular food you try all new items in the comfort of your own home. Minimize the chances of vomiting by paying careful attention to how you eat, such as taking small bites, thoroughly chewing food 20-30 times, and eating slowly. It is also important to recognize the new feeling of fullness in your body and stop as you approach this new fullness. Some patients identify the “new fullness” by experiencing one or more of the following: a runny nose, sneezing, hiccups, a need to sigh repeatedly, slight nausea, increased saliva, or frothy or foamy saliva. Be aware of how you feel and listen to what your body is telling you.
Where can I find more information about bariatric surgery? To hear directly from our bariatric surgeons, you may attend one of our free weight loss surgery seminars.