Bariatric Surgery

Frequently Asked Questions.
Here are some common questions about the Weight Loss or Bariatric Surgery.

What is weight loss (bariatric) surgery?

Weight loss surgery, also called bariatric surgery, limits the amount of food the stomach can hold, or limits the absorption of nutrients, causing the patient to lose a considerable amount of weight. Bariatric surgery has provided the longest period of sustained weight loss in patients for whom all other therapies have failed. Along with Obesity, it also treats other co- morbidities like diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, obstructive sleep, apnea and certain other ailments.

How does Bariatric Surgery help to reduce excess weight?

It will restrict or reduce the amount you can eat or it can cause you not to absorb all of the food you eat or it can be combination of the two.

Who should have weight loss surgery?

Persons who are extremely obese may want to consider weight loss surgery when traditional attempts like dieting and weight loss programs have failed. Weight loss surgery candidates are at least 100 pounds overweight. This translates to a body mass index (BMI) of 37 or over. Sometimes, patients with a BMI of 32 and over are considered for surgery if they have medical problems that are caused by or associated with obesity, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

What diet is recommended post-surgery?

The modifications made to your gastrointestinal tract will require permanent changes in your eating habits that must be adhered to for successful weight loss. It is important to remember that the dietary guideline will be different for different procedures. The following are some of the generally accepted dietary guidelines a bariatric surgery patient may encounter –

  • When eating solid food, it is essential that you can chew thoroughly. You will not be
    able to eat chunks of meat if they are not ground or chewed thoroughly
  • Do not drink fluids while eating
  •  Omit sweets and other high calorie foods
  •  Omit carbonated drinks, milk shakes, high-fat foods and foods with high fiber content
  •  Avoid alcohol
  •  Limit snacking between meals
When can I get back to work post-surgery?

Your ability to resume pre-surgery levels of activity will vary according to your physical conditions, the nature of the activity, and the type of bariatric surgery you had. Many patients return to full pre-surgery levels of activity within 2 weeks of their procedures. Patients who have had a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure may be able to return to these activities within a few weeks.

How much weight will I lose?

Weight-loss results vary from patient to patient, and the amount of weight you lose depends heavily on your new lifestyle and eating habits. Obesity surgery is not a miracle, and the pounds won’t come off by themselves. It is very important to set achievable weight-loss goals from the beginning. Remember that you should lose weight gradually. Losing weight too quickly creates a health risk and can lead to a number of problems.

What are the chances of getting Pregnant after weight loss surgery?

Pregnancy after weight loss surgery is very possible. Patients who undergo bariatric surgery are much less at risk during pregnancy because their other health problems have lessened or disappeared. After your weight is back to normal, and ssuming you don’t have any other health problems, you can expect to have a normal delivery.

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