What are the risks or complications associated with weight loss surgery?

All surgical procedures have risks, particularly when a patient is morbidly obese. Different weight loss surgery procedures involve different risks and depending upon an individual’s circumstances, the risks may be higher or lower than average. Potential risks of weight loss surgery are discussed during an individual’s meeting with the surgeon. It’s also important to know that surgeons with more experience performing Bariatric surgery techniques have fewer complications.

Why is it important to undergo a mental health screening prior to surgery?

Patients considering weight loss surgery must undergo a preoperative mental health visit to be screened for psychological disorders, assess their eating patterns and to determine if they have the coping skills and support systems necessary to do well with surgery. Patients are referred to professionals who are very experienced in assessing individuals with severe weight problems.

How much weight will I lose?

Patients lose a lot of weight quickly. An individual can expect to lose a significant amounts of weight over a short period of time*. Many patients plateau at this point and losing weight then becomes more gradual and requires the patient to eat carefully and exercise. Often around this time, many patients require some plastic surgery to cut away the loose flap of the skin resulting from the weight loss.

*Please note results may vary from person to person and individual results may not be typical.

Does insurance cover weight loss surgery?

Severe obesity is a medical condition that contributes to many life-threatening diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and liver disease. As a result, many insurance companies cover this type of surgery for patients who meet nationally accepted criteria. It is advisable to review the insurance policy for any exclusions or restrictions. Our staff with handle preapproval arrangements for you with your insurance company. In addition, we have special low-interest healthcare financing for those without insurance or where insurance doesn’t cover all their expenses.

What is the recovery time following weight loss surgery procedures?

Most patients recover from surgery without complications. Patients are encouraged to get out of bed and start walking the day following surgery. The hospital stays for patients who undergo the laparoscopic Roux-en-Y procedure is usually one to three days. Patients who have the LAP-BAND procedure may stay one to two days. Most individuals return to work in two to three weeks following their weight loss surgery procedures.

Are nutritional supplements necessary following surgery?

Vitamin and mineral supplements are necessary to help prevent nutritional deficiencies. Most people will require a multivitamin, calcium, and vitamin B12 supplement. Other vitamin and mineral supplements will be determined on an individual basis.

Is it advisable to get pregnant after weight loss surgery?

Women should avoid becoming pregnant for at least 18 months following surgery. A patient’s pregnancy plans should be discussed with the Bariatric surgeon during the initial consult.

Can I regain weight?

For all weight loss procedures, weight loss depends on you, and how well you use your new surgical advantage. Healthy eating, an active exercise program and a commitment to a healthy lifestyle are key to your long-term well-being.