Obesity Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

• Can I have weight-loss (obesity) surgery?
Persons between 15 and 65 years of age, with body mass index above 35 kg/m2 or above, and those without any surgical compromise may undergo weight-loss surgery.

• What type of weight-loss (obesity) surgery is best for me?
The type of surgery depends on variables such as age, additional diseases, the presence of diabetes, and eating habits. Sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass achieve similar weight-loss outcomes. Gastric bypass surgery often improves the symptoms of diabetes. However, this procedure can result in vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Gastric band is considered a less efficient treatment for both factors.

• How is weight-loss (obesity) surgery done?
Weight-loss surgery is a common practice for a long time. Eligible patients undergo a standard baseline evaluation with physical examination, laboratory tests, endoscopy, respiratory tests, ECG and X-rays, and the procedure is scheduled.

• How are weight-loss (obesity) surgeries performed?
All weight-loss surgeries are performed using minimally invasive techniques (laparoscopic surgery). During laparoscopy, several small holes are made in the abdomen, which allow the surgeon to insert small surgical tools. Large incisions can be avoided during laparoscopy.

• Can surgical procedures of weight-loss (obesity) carry some risks?
A pre-operative assessment, completed before surgery, ensures the patient is fit for the surgery. The risks of weight-loss surgery are similar to the risks of any abdominal surgery. The quality of materials is essential for surgical safety.

• What complications may occur during surgery process?
Beside the most common postoperative complications encountered with each surgery (thromboembolism, drug allergies, respiratory problems, etc.), there is a risk of bleeding and leakage from the surgical sites in stomach and intestine.

• Can diabetic patients have weight-loss (obesity) surgery?
Obese patients with diabetes should be prioritized over obese patients without the disease for weight-loss surgery. Weight-loss surgery is effective in managing the broad range of health problems experienced by obese individuals with diabetes.

• What do I have to eat after the weight-loss (obesity) surgery?
Recovery period after weight-loss surgery is time to put diet plan into long-term effect. You can usually start eating regular foods about one month after surgery, but the diet encompasses avoiding carbonated and high calorie beverages for lifetime.

• Is it possible to regain weight after weight-loss (obesity) surgery?
If the surgery is technically perfect and the patients practice guidelines, they maintain successful weight-loss long-term. Going back to old eating habits and giving up exercise is a sure way to regain weight, but it is nearly impossible to reach previous weight.

• How long do I have to be out of work after weight-loss (obesity) surgery? How soon after the surgery can I exercise?
You are discharged within 3 to 4 days after surgery from hospital to your home. You will start light walking after being discharged and return to sport in three to four weeks.

• How long do I have to take vitamin supplements after the surgery?
You must take vitamins after gastric sleeve surgery for three months, and after gastric by-pass surgery for the rest of your life.

• How soon can I get pregnant after weight-loss (obesity) surgery?
It is safe to get pregnant one year after the surgery.

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