1. Is bariatric surgery right for everyone?
Weight loss surgery is not for everyone and the decision to have surgery is best made with the help of a physician, who will take into account your medical history and longterm commitment. Although bariatric surgery is the most effective way to treat morbid obesity, it will not work if you are not committed to diet and exercise changes.
2. How weight does a patient lose?
Weight loss depends on individual factors such as exercise and eating habits; no two patients’ weight loss will be the same. However, there are some general weight loss guidelines. Patients who have a lap band, which offers gradual weight loss, usually lose about 1-2 pounds a week on average. Patient who have a gastric bypass, which offers more rapid weight loss, usually lose about 50-60 percent of their excess body weight over 12 to 18 months.
3. When will I start losing weight?
Typically, you begin losing weight immediately after surgery.
4. Can a person become pregnant after weight loss surgery?
Yes, but women should avoid becoming pregnant for at least 18 months following surgery.
5. Does insurance cover the cost of the procedure?
Insurance coverage depends on your individual healthcare policy. Some insurers will cover the surgery if a patient has certain medical conditions, while others may not. Please check with your insurance company to determine the terms of coverage. Piedmont also offers self-pay options for those who would like to pay out of pocket.
6. After the first appointment, how long is it before the surgery occurs?
The timeframe is dependent on your specific condition and insurance requirements. Patients usually require diet, exercise, psychological and sleep apnea evaluations, as well as medical testing. If you have several co-morbid conditions, you may require more tests/evaluations. Typically, the timeframe is anywhere from 2 to 6 months, and we recommend that you begin to focus on a weight loss program very early in the process.
7. How long will I have to stay in the hospital after surgery?
Generally, hospital stays are between 1 and 3 days, but vary according to surgery. Lap band surgery typically requires an overnight hospital stay. Gastric sleeve and bypass surgery require two days in the hospital.
8. How long will I be off of work after surgery?
You can expect to return to work at least two weeks after surgery
9. Will I be on special medications after surgery?
After gastric bypass surgeries, patients must take a multivitamin, calcium and iron supplements daily for life. After lap band and sleeve gastrectomy procedures, patients will only require a multivitamin.
10. Will I regain weight?
If you are not committed to long-term weight loss (i.e., using appropriate diet and exercise regimens), you may regain weight. Bariatric surgery is a tool to lose weight; it is not a guarantee.