Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, where we aim to provide you with valuable information about both bariatric surgery and general surgery.  Below, you’ll find answers to some common questions regarding these two surgical specialties.

Bariatric Surgery FAQs:

What is bariatric surgery, and who is it suitable for?

Bariatric surgery is a medical procedure designed to aid in weight loss for individuals with obesity. It may be recommended for those who have tried other weight loss methods without success and have a body mass index (BMI) above a certain threshold.

What are the different types of bariatric surgeries available?

Common types include gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, adjustable gastric banding (Lap-Band), and biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD/DS). The choice of surgery depends on individual factors and goals.

How does bariatric surgery promote weight loss?

It was previously believed that bariatric procedures resulted in weight loss either by restricting the amount of food you can eat, or by reducing nutrient absorption, or a combination of both. Modern research has shown that hormonal changes occur within the gut system after bariatric surgery, hormones that affect metabolism, the body’s weight set-point, appetite, and insulin sensitivity.  The balance of these hormones within the body changes significantly after bariatric surgery, resulting in long-term weight loss.

Are there risks associated with bariatric surgery?

Like any surgery, bariatric procedures carry risks. General risks of surgery include infection, pain, bleeding, scarring.  Surgery for weight loss has risks specific to operating on the gastrointestinal tract, like bowel leak. However with modern surgical instruments these risks are very low and overall risk of bariatric surgery is similar to the risks of gallbladder surgery.

What is the recovery process like after bariatric surgery?

Recovery varies by procedure but typically involves a period of dietary changes, monitoring for side effects, and a gradual increase in physical activity. Your surgeon will provide guidance throughout the process.

Will I need to follow a specific diet after bariatric surgery?

A post-surgery diet is essential to support healing and avoid complications as well. It usually starts with liquids, then progresses to soft foods, and eventually solid foods in smaller portions.  Bariatric surgery is a tool; it will help you lose weight effectively, however keeping that weight off and maintaining a good health will require a long-term commitment to healthy eating and regular exercise.

Can I expect significant weight loss after bariatric surgery?

Yes, most patients experience substantial weight loss in the months following surgery. The amount varies depending on the procedure and individual factors.

Is bariatric surgery covered by insurance?

Some insurance plans cover bariatric surgery, but it depends on your provider and the specific policy. Our team can help you navigate insurance options.

General Surgery FAQs:

What is general surgery, and what conditions does it address?

General surgery encompasses a wide range of surgical procedures, including those involving the abdomen, gastrointestinal tract, skin, and more. It treats conditions such as appendicitis, hernias, and gallbladder disease.

When is surgery recommended for conditions treated by general surgeons?

Surgery is recommended when non-surgical treatments are ineffective, and the condition poses a significant health risk or discomfort. The decision is made on a case-by-case basis.

What is the typical recovery period after general surgery?

Recovery time varies depending on the specific procedure and individual factors. Some surgeries may require a few days of rest, while others might involve several weeks of recovery.

Are there risks associated with general surgery?

As with any surgical procedure, general surgery carries risks such as infection, bleeding, and complications related to anesthesia. Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you before the surgery.

How can I prepare for general surgery?

Preparing for surgery may include fasting before the procedure, discontinuing certain medications, and following your surgeon’s instructions. Detailed preoperative guidance will be provided.

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