Frequently Asked Questions of Our North Texas LAP-BAND® System and Bariatric Surgeon
Many patients who come to My Bariatric Solutions have similar questions about bariatric surgery. For that reason, our physicians have created a list of frequently asked questions in the hope that they will serve as a quick-reference guide for individuals considering weight loss surgery. If you have additional questions that aren't answered below, or you are looking to schedule an appointment we would be happy to assist you. Contact My Bariatric Solutions today to schedule a consultation.
- What are some reasons why my doctor may not treat me?
- How long is the hospital stay?
- How soon can I drive after surgery?
- Do I have to change my eating and diet habits?
- Am I going to be constantly hungry?
- Who makes a good candidate for bariatric surgery?
- Can bariatric surgery improve my health and extend my lifespan?
What are some reasons why my doctor may not treat me?
- BMI is too low
- Failure to keep a scheduled pre-operative appointments without advance notification. The lack of commitment might identify the patient who won't follow through with post-operative visits and instructions.
How long is the hospital stay?
The hospital stay is dependent on a variety of factors, but ultimately, patients remain at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur, Texas until the surgeon feels they are well enough to leave. Typically, patients who undergo the LAP-BAND® System procedure can return home the same day, patients who undergo Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery stay for 2 to 3 days, and patients who undergo laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery stay for 1 to 2 days.
How soon can I drive after surgery?
Individuals who undergo bariatric surgery are prescribed various medications that can cause drowsiness and severely limit motor skills and reaction times. Patients are typically prohibited from driving automobiles or operating heavy machinery for up to 7 days after surgery.
Do I have to change my eating and diet habits?
Bariatric surgery is just one phase of a comprehensive plan to help patients achieve their weight loss goals. It is imperative that patients who undergo weight loss surgery eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and exercise on a regular basis to ensure that they maximize the procedure's results.
Am I going to be constantly hungry?
Most patients report that after the completion of their surgery, they have little to no appetite for the first 4 to 6 weeks. Over time, patients' appetites return, but cravings and "ravenous" appetites are typically not a problem after bariatric surgery.
Who makes a good candidate for bariatric surgery?
Any person who suffers health complications as a result of their weight and is also willing to commit to the lifestyle changes necessary to make bariatric surgery a success - is a good candidate.
Can bariatric surgery improve my health and extend my lifespan?
The answer is an enthusiastic "Yes!" If you or a loved one suffers from weight-related health complications, bariatric surgery may be right for you. Combined with proactive changes to your diet and your exercise routine, bariatric surgery can give you a new attitude on life and greatly improve your health!
If you have additional questions or you want to schedule a consultation with a weight loss surgeon serving the DFW/Southern Oklahoma area, contact My Bariatric Solutions today. Our physicians can advise you on the risks and benefits of bariatric surgery so that you can make an informed and educated decision.