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Frequently Asked Questions About Weight Loss Surgery at Texas Laparoscopic Consultants

Texas Laparoscopic Consultants was founded with the goal of improving quality of life for the people of Houston. We are dedicated to helping people achieve weight loss success in order to live healthier, more active lifestyles. We offer a full range of weight loss surgery options, including gastric sleeve and gastric bypass, as well as non-surgical options such as endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG).

All of our patients can expect to receive individual guidance and support before and after surgery. You can take a sneak peek at our comprehensive Nutrition Class for Weight Loss Surgery Preparation which answers a multitude of nutrition, exercise and lifestyle questions. Here are a few of the most frequently asked general questions:

Frequently Asked Questions For Preoperative Bariatric Patients

How do I know which bariatric surgery is right for me?

When you schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Yu, Dr. Scarborough, or Dr. Mehta they will thoroughly evaluate your health, including your medical history, lifestyle and health goals in order to determine which procedure is the best fit for you. We do not believe in one-size-fits-all weight loss and our specialists take the time to create a personalized treatment plan for each patient. Learn more about candidacy for weight loss surgery.

Are there risks associated with bariatric surgery?

Any medical procedure carries some risk, but here at TLC we prioritize patient safety. Our surgeons are highly experienced and utilize state-of-the-art equipment and minimally invasive techniques to minimize risk. The benefits and risks will vary depending on the procedure and a patient’s medical history. Our team ensures that each patient is fully informed and understands any potential risk. Typically, the health risks of obesity-related chronic conditions hold far greater risks than surgery.

What kind of tests or waiting periods are required before surgery?

The time period between being medically cleared for surgery and scheduling surgery can vary depending on your health insurance plan. Self-pay patients are generally able to take advantage of a more streamlined scheduling process while some insurance plans will require several months of medically supervised diet prior to surgery approval.

Frequently Asked Questions About Bariatric Diet and Nutrition

What kind of pre-op diet is required before weight loss surgery?

Typically, patients will be required to be on a liquid diet for two weeks prior to surgery. See the recommendations for the pre-op liquid diet for details.

Will I need to take vitamins and supplements after weight loss surgery?

Yes, bariatric patients are usually advised to take supplements to ensure proper nutrition. Your individual vitamin plan will vary depending on your medical history and which procedure you had. View a sample vitamin schedule for gastric sleeve surgery patients.

What does a typical meal plan look like for bariatric patients?

We encourage you to view our full selection of pre and post operative meal plans which vary by surgery type. We highly recommend that all patients meet with our registered dietitian to get personalized nutrition advice. You can also check out our library of healthy recipes and follow us on Instagram for nutrition tips.

Frequently Asked Questions After Weight Loss Surgery

How long is the recovery period after surgery?

Our surgeons are trained in the laparoscopic technique which can result in shorter recovery times than traditional “open” surgery. Recovery time will vary based on patient health and the type of surgery, but most gastric sleeve patients are able to resume regular activities about one week after surgery.

Will I be able to stop taking my blood pressure or diabetes medication after surgery?

This will vary among individual patients and will be determined by your doctor, but many patients are able to reduce or completely cease medications after weight loss surgery! It is important to attend all post-op appointments and keep our primary care physician updated on your weight loss progress. Studies show that up to 70% of gastric sleeve patients experience remission from Type 2 Diabetes after surgery.1

Will I lose hair after bariatric surgery?

Hair loss is a possible side effect of bariatric surgery, but keep in mind that this type of hair loss is temporary. Read our tips to prevent and manage post-surgical hair loss.

What happens if I regain the weight?

Here at TLC we empower our patients to succeed. We believe in you and we will give you the support you need to maintain weight loss. If patients do regain weight, they can often get back on track by attending scheduling appointments with our registered dietitian or consulting with their surgeon. We also offer weight loss surgery revision.  View our patient gallery to see our patient success stories.

Do You Still Have Questions About Weight Loss Surgery?

Our team is here for you and we’re happy to answer any questions you have about weight weight loss surgery – Contact us. If you are not yet a patient and you’re considering weight loss surgery, fill out our Free Insurance Check to get started.

1Journal of Diabetes Research 2015; 2015: 674268. Published online 2015 Apr 14. Doi

The TLC Surgery Doctors have either authored or reviewed and approved this content.


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