Sunday, January 07, 2007

Frequently Asked Questions About Weight Loss Surgery

By Antoinette Boulay

Obese people looking to lose a considerable amount of weight, often turn to weight loss surgery. While weight loss surgery is an effective means of losing weight, it can be a hard decision for some to make. In the past, there have been many stories about weight loss surgery patients that have had a difficult time recovering. Today, there is newer technology that makes these procedures easier and safer. Still, many people have questions about weight loss surgery.

If you are considering weight loss surgery, it is important that you talk to you doctor about which kind of surgery is right for you. Also, make sure that all questions are asked before deciding on the surgery. There are different types of weight loss surgeries and each one carries a unique set of risks and complications. Here are some common questions people ask about weight loss surgery.

How much weight will I lose after the surgery? This often depends on which surgery you have and how closely you follow the guidelines. In general, most patients will lose two to three pounds each week for the first year. One pound a week is more realistic. After the first year, weight loss will drop and the amount of weight lost will be gradual. Most patients can expect to lose around 36 percent of their excess body weight in the first year following surgery.

How long will it take to recovery from surgery? This also depends on what kind of weight loss surgery you have. Laparoscopic patients have a much shorter recovery time than those who have an open procedure. Most patients stay in the hospital for at least 24 hours after surgery. It takes most patients one to six weeks to resume daily activities and exercise.

Will I be sick after the surgery? With all weight loss surgeries, the goal is to limit food intake. Getting used to the fewer calories can lead to dizziness and headaches. For those who often feel nauseated after eating, this can mean that the food is not being chewed well enough or that the wrong foods are being eaten. It is important to control the nausea because vomiting can lead to serious problems.

Will I need plastic surgery for the surplus skin when I have lost a lot of weight? Some patients do choose to have plastic surgery after weight loss surgery. If a patient has been overweight for a long time, the skin it stretched and will usually not “mold” itself into place. Plastic surgery is not a consideration until at least one year following surgery.

Can I become pregnant after the surgery? Yes, with some weight loss surgeries, but it usually recommended that you wait at least a year to eighteen months following surgery before becoming pregnant. With the Lap-Band, the band can be loosened during pregnancy to accommodate the increased need for more nutrition.

Will I suffer from constipation? Some patients do because there is less fiber in the diet. This is normal and if it becomes a problem, your doctor can recommend a mild laxative.

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