1. How weight loss surgery helps reduce excess weight?

It will restrict or reduce the amount you can eat or it can cause you not to absorb all of the food you eat or the third can be a combination of the first two.

2. How effective is weight loss surgery?
Depending on the type of surgery, you can lose anywhere from 50% to 90% of your excess body weight (EBW). Clinical studies show that, following surgery, most patients lose weight rapidly and continue to do so up until 18 to 24 months after the procedure. However you will not lose weight immediately after the surgery

3. How rapidly will I lose weight after the laparoscopic obesity surgery?
About 65-75% of the excess weight will be lost within the first year after surgery and actually the majority of that may occur within the first six months. The weight loss will taper, but can continue for the subsequent year. Some patients have achieved 100% loss of all of their excess weight.

4. What is the expected hospital stay for the surgery?
Most patients stay in the hospital for approximately 2 to 3 days after a laparoscopic procedure. You will be discharged when you are able to:
1.Take enough liquids and nutrients by mouth to prevent dehydration.
2. Have no fever.
3. Have adequate pain control with medications by mouth.

5. How long will i need to recover?
If the surgery is done laparoscopically, you will require around a week to recover.

6. What type of diet will I be able to eat after surgery?
The modifications made to your gastrointestinal tract will require permanent changes in your eating habits that must be adhered to for successful weight loss. Post surgery dietary guidelines will depend on your surgical procedure. Some of the generally accepted dietary guidelines a weight loss surgery patient may encounter are:

1. When eating solid food it is essential you chew it thoroughly.
2. Do not drink fluids while eating, but approximately thirty minutes after the meal.
3. Drink lots of fluids in between to keep yourself adequately hydrated.
4. Limit snacking between meals.
5. Eat your proteins first and then the vegetables.
6. Try to avoid junk foods and especially sweets. The sweets are well-known to sabotage almost any type of weight loss procedure that you can have done and then you may end up where you started with all that extra weight.

7. What is life like after surgery?
It’s like a rebirth.....u will be more active and will be doing things which you were not able to do earlier.

8. When can I have children after the surgery?
The surgeons are advising the female patients to wait for least two years after surgery to avoid the stress of a pregnancy during the period of rapid weight loss and allow her weight to stabilize. Please be careful to use birth control methods in the first 18 to 24 months.

9. Which procedure is right for you?
The most important step in selecting a weight loss surgery is getting all the information you need about the various surgical options. Ultimately your surgeon and other physicians are your best resources for that information. After evaluating you, they can give their best recommendations.

10. What complications can occur?
Although the operation is considered safe, complications may occur as with any major surgery. However, the risk of remaining obese will eventually outweigh the risks involved with the surgery. A more detailed discussion will be given during your consultation.

11. Will the complications due to my obesity go away after the surgery?
Yes some of the complications will resolve and some will improve dramatically, like sleep apnea, asthma, hypertension and high cholesterol. In fact the Type II Diabetes will respond with ~ 85-90% resolution and obesity surgery is now considered the best treatment for that diabetes.

12. Is this procedure considered cosmetic?
No, it is considered a medically indicated procedure.

An adult is considered "overweight" when he/she is above a healthy weight, which varies according to a person's height. An individual is overweight when their BMI is between 25–29.9. The standard used by researchers to define a person's weight according to their height is the (BMI). An adult with a BMI of 30 or more is considered obese.