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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are frequently asked questions, these can help to understand the procedures as well as other relevant queries.

  • Weight loss surgery is for patients who are morbidly obese (100 lbs above their ideal body weight) with a BMI of >40, or > 35 with co-morbidities.

  • No! This surgery is the beginning of a process. There is a very special diet that MUST be followed after surgery, and you MUST commit to a program of excercise. This surgery provides a tool for weight loss and life style changes; it is not a quick fix. This surgery is the beginning of a new life. It will be easier for patients to lose weight after the surgery, because of the surgery.

  • Weight loss varies depending on the before-surgery weight, after-surgery choice of food and level of activity after surgery. Most patients lose one-third (1/3) of their original weight with in two (2) years after gastric bypass surgery. Weight loss is slower after lap-band surgery but there is data that suggests weight loss after lap-band can continue for years after surgery. Life style changes and exercise are even more important for weight loss after lap-band surgery.

  • Rarely, but with any surgery there is a chance of having a transfusion if the need arises. This surgery has been done on many Jehovah's Witnesses.

  • Six (6) weeks of no strenuous activities. Most office and routine work can be resumed in three (3) weeks. The lap-band recovery is typically a week.