We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions based on our personal experience as well as research from Princeton Health, the University of North Carolina Health, and the National Institute of Health.

Which weight loss surgery is right for me?2021-09-25T19:10:34+00:00

A. Typically this is based on how much weight you need to lose. Lap band is typically for patients who have 25-50 pounds to lose. Sleeve Gastrectomy is for patients who have 50-100 pounds to lose. Gastric bypass is for patients who have 100 pounds or more to lose.

Q: How does weight loss surgery help me lose weight?2021-09-25T19:10:48+00:00

A. Weight loss is achieved by limiting the amount of overall food that can be eaten and it restricts the amount of calories that can be absorbed through the digestive tract.

Will I qualify for weight loss surgery?2021-09-25T19:10:40+00:00

A. According to the National Institute of Health guidelines to qualify for weight loss surgery in the U.S. you should have a BMI of 35-40 plus any obesity related chronic health condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, infertility, and/or sleep apnea. Qualifying for weight loss surgery in Mexico is less stringent and based on your surgeon’s individual guidelines, it is typically easier to qualify for weight loss surgery in Mexico.

Q. What are the major types of weight loss surgery?2021-09-25T19:16:12+00:00

A. Gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, and lap banding.

How long does the procedure take?2021-09-25T19:13:11+00:00

A. The lap band typically takes 1-2 hours while the sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass take about 2-3 hours.

How many incisions will I have?2021-09-25T19:13:19+00:00

A. These procedures are usually done laparoscopically which means your surgeon will make 4-6 1 to 1 ½ inch incisions on your abdomen to perform your procedure.

What do the pre and post op diets look like?2021-09-25T19:13:22+00:00

  1.  Your Surgeon will have specific pre and post-op diets that he wants you to stick to for very important reasons.
  • The pre-op diet typically begins 2-3 weeks before your surgery and includes a low calorie (800-1200 per day), low carb, high protein (60-70 grams per day). Then 2-3 days before your scheduled procedure you will begin a liquid only diet with no soda.
  • The Post-op diet will start with non-carbonated, sugar free clear liquids only for the first week. The second week you will generally be able to add full liquids back in. Week three you will begin a diet of soft foods. And week four you will be back to a regular diet that focuses on healthy choices and protiens.

Can the procedure be reversed?2021-09-25T19:13:28+00:00

A. The lap band is reversable by having the band removed. The gastric bypass is potentially reversable, based on the recommendations of your surgeon. The Sleeve gastrectomy is rarely able to be reversed.

Does weight loss surgery guarantee weight loss?2021-09-25T19:14:10+00:00

A. All weight loss surgery patients will lose weight initially but there is no guarantee that you will maintain your weight loss unless you continue to follow the dietary guidelines for the rest of your life.

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Will I have any food restrictions?2021-09-25T19:16:24+00:00

  1. You may not tolerate certain foods that you used to. Heart burn or indigestion is a common issue with post weight loss surgery patients but can be easily treated with an over-the-counter acid reducer and avoiding the foods that tend to worsen the condition.

What if something goes wrong after I get back home?2021-09-25T19:15:28+00:00

  1. Our program will guide you through your post-op stage, but you will also need to follow-up with your primary physician as we do not give direct medical care such as medical advice or prescribing medications. I have a friend who had a lot of post-op difficulty, when he called the number to talk to someone from the group he went through in Mexico for guidance, they told him to see his local physician and let them know how it went. He ended up seeing a bariatric surgeon here in the U.S. and ultimately had to have an additional procedure. There will be resources available to you if needed.

Will I need to take vitamin supplements?2021-09-25T19:15:34+00:00

A. Yes, just as you are not absorbing as many calories you will also not be absorbing as much nutrition from the food you eat. You will need to be diligent about taking a multivitamin for the rest of your life. Most patients take multivitamins that are specifically made for bariatric surgery patients because they are much easier absorbed.

Is getting enough nutrition going to be an issue?2021-09-25T19:15:40+00:00

A. It is commonly an issue but can be controlled by ensuring you are getting your daily protein and fluid requirements in. This can be tricky at first when you are only able to take in a half to one cup of food at a time. Protein supplements are necessary in the immediate post-op stage to ensure you are meeting your requirements.

Will I have emotional changes as my body changes?2021-09-25T19:15:53+00:00

A. Yes, you will have many different emotions about the changes happening to your body as well as the lifestyle changes you are experiencing. Many times, people will talk to you or treat you differently because they do not understand what you are going through. You are becoming a new you, you will not have all the same emotions, behaviors, and habits that you used to. They have to get to know the new you just as you are getting to know yourself.

How long will I take to heal?2021-09-25T19:15:59+00:00

A: Most patients heal in 2-6 weeks depending on the procedure you had done.

Mindfully Simple Life is here for you. Your journey does not have to be difficult. We have the experience and expertise to help you have the best experience possible. You do not have to struggle with us on your side.

By |2021-09-25T19:17:14+00:00September 19, 2021|Bariatric Surgery, FAQ, General|Comments Off on FAQs

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