Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can weight loss surgery prolong my life?
There is strong evidence from scientific research that if you have serious obesity-related health conditions, you are 80-100 pounds overweight, and you are able to comply with lifestyle changes, that weight loss surgery may significantly prolong your life.
2. What happens to the staples in my abdomen? Is it OK in the future to have an MRI? Will I set off metal detectors?
The staples remain in you forever. Your tissues will grow around them. The staples are made of titanium, so you will not set off metal detectors. They are also non-magnetic, so you may have an MRI.
3. How long will I be off work?
We recommend 1-2 weeks to recover from surgery. Depending on the type of job, more time off may be needed.
4. Why do I have weight loss plateau periods?
You may experience weight loss plateaus throughout your weight loss journey. You may have a significant weight loss, followed by a period of one to six weeks or more with no weight loss. This is normal and there is nothing you can do to change it. During this plateau period, you will usually lose inches instead of pounds. As long as you are following the diet and exercising, you should begin losing again.
5. Can I stretch my sleeve stomach?
The sleeve stomach can possibly stretch over time due to overeating. This can be avoided by following the dietary guidelines. Remember this operation is a tool. If you use it properly, you can be successful.
6. Can weight loss surgery help other physical conditions?
According to current research, weight loss surgery improves or resolves associated health conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and many other weight related diseases in the majority of patients.
7. Is there any difficulty in taking medications? Will I continue taking my regular medications during post-op?
During the first two months after surgery, it is best to cut or crush pills, or take the liquid form. Your medications – after careful evaluation with your primary doctor – will be reviewed and adjusted during your post-op course. As patients continue to lose weight, some medical conditions will be resolved or greatly improved.
8. How will my weight loss stop? Will I waste away to nothing?
Patients may begin to wonder about this early after surgery, when many are losing 15-40 pounds per month. Two things happen to allow weight loss to stabilize. First, a patient’s ongoing metabolic needs (calories burned) decrease as the body sheds excess pounds. Second, there is a natural progressive increase in calorie and nutrient intake over the months following weight loss surgery. In the absence of a surgical complication, patients are very unlikely to lose weight to a point of malnutrition.
9. What can I do to prevent excess hanging skin?
Many people heavy enough to meet the surgical criteria for weight loss surgery have stretched their skin beyond the point from which it can “snap back”. Others have good elasticity of the skin, and with the help of exercise, may not have much excess skin. There is no way to predict what your skin will do, so exercise and cross that bridge once the weight loss has stopped. We can then discuss excess skin surgical options.