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Frequently Asked Questions About Weight Loss Surgery and Obesity

The first step in achieving permanent weight loss is communication. As our patient, you will be our partner in the decision making process not only about your surgery, but about your commitment to sustain your weight loss goals. Our job is to make sure you have a complete understanding of the procedure and the lifestyle changes you will need to make to be successful. So we take your needs and concerns seriously. 

Be aware, there is a lot of misinformation about weight loss surgery, so be sure you talk to qualified sources that can help you make an informed decision. It can also be helpful to talk with others who have taken the path you are now considering - so you will know more about the personal commitment required to successfully achieve weight loss through surgery. In the end, your best source for information is an experienced weight loss surgeon who knows how to handle your special needs before, during, and after weight loss surgery. 

  • What is Obesity?
  • What is Morbid Obesity?
  • What are the causes of obesity?
  • What does obesity have to do with metabolism?
  • What does genetics have to do with obesity?
  • What about genetics vs environmental factors?
  • Does the program provide care after medical weight loss surgery?
  • How can I know that I won't just keep losing weight until I waste away?
  • What are the myths and facts about weight loss surgery?
  • How long will I have to stay in the hospital?
  • How soon can I drive?
  • How soon will I be able to walk?
  • Will I be asked to stop smoking?
  • Is a blood transfusion required?
  • Is there a difference in the outcome of surgery between men and women?
  • Is there any difficulty in taking medications and will I have to change my medications?
  • Can I get pregnant after weight loss surgery?
  • Is weight loss surgery covered by insurance?
  • What are adhesions and do they form?
  • What are the routine tests before surgery and what are their purposes?
  • What can I do to help the process?
  • Will I have a lot of pain after surgery?
  • Will I lose my hair after surgery? If so, how can I reduce hair loss?