Frequently Asked Questions

1.  Which procedure is best for me?

You and your surgeon will discuss the option that is best for you.

2.  What results can I expect from this procedure?

The successful maintenance of excess body weight with adherence to the recommendations you were given for a healthy lifestyle.

3. How soon can I resume work after surgery?

Normal work schedules may be resumed as early as three weeks after surgery.  However, for any job requiring heavy lifting, repetitive bending or pushing, six to eight weeks of recuperation is recommended.

4. How long does the actual surgery take?

One to three hours, but this varies depending on the individual and surgery.

5. Can this surgery be performed using minimally invasive techniques?

Yes.  We perform all our surgical procedures laparoscopically.  

6. What do you expect from me if I decide to choose a surgical solution?

You must agree to follow the instructions of your team.  Complying with the guidelines will help to ensure your overall safety during the process.

7. How long will I be in the hospital?

The usual hospital stay is one day for the lap band. Two to three days for Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy.  

8. What are the risks associated with surgery?

As with any major surgical procedure, complications can occur.  These include the potential of: wound infection, bleeding, respiratory problems, bowel obstruction and malnutrition.

9. After weight loss, what can I do about my excess skin?

Once your weight has been stabilized, you can be referred to plastic surgery for evaluation.

10. Will my insurance cover these procedures?

Most insurance companies will cover these procedures.  You will need to contact your insurance company to see if they will cover these procedures.

11. Can I get pregnant after surgery?

We recommend that you wait at least two years before becoming pregnant.

12. How long does the gastric band stay in?                 

The gastric band is designed to stay in for life.

13. Will having weight-loss surgery mean I can eat anything and not exercise?

No. Surgery is the beginning of a multi-disciplinary process that includes exercise. There is a very special diet that MUST be followed after surgery, and you MUST commit to the program. Surgery provides a tool for weight loss with a lifetime commitment to change. Weight-loss surgery is the beginning of a new life.

14. How much weight can I expect to lose?

Weight loss will vary depending upon your weight prior to surgery. After your surgery, your choice of foods and level of activity will change. The majority of patients lose one-third of their original body weight within two years of surgery.

15. I've heard that hair loss is common after weight-loss surgery. Is this true?

Yes. Any time you experience rapid weight loss, you can expect some hair loss. This is a temporary problem. It usually occurs during the third through the eleventh month after surgery, the period of rapid weight loss. Hair typically returns fuller and richer than before.