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General

​1. What types of bariatric surgeries do you offer?

We offer gastric sleeve surgery.

2. Why get the surgery?

For any individual, being significantly above their optimal weight increases their odds of acquiring and suffering from hypertension, type 2 diabetes, severe joint disease, high blood cholesterol, and fat, heart disease, back pain, sleep apnea, and other sleep problems.

3. Can bariatric surgery cure diabetes?

Bariatric surgery is a great way to kickstart the weight loss that’s required to place type 2 diabetes in remission. Weight loss surgery may also improve obstructive sleep apnea and reduce your risk of heart disease.

4. Is the procedure covered by insurance?

American Insurance companies will not cover medical tourism surgery due to the fact that it takes place outside the United States. 

 

1. What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Gastric sleeve surgery, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, is a surgical weight loss procedure that involves removing a large portion of the stomach to create a smaller, sleeve-like structure. This restricts food intake, leading to weight loss and improved health.

 

2. Am I a Candidate for Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Candidates typically have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or a BMI of 35 to 39.9 with obesity-related health conditions. However, eligibility criteria may vary based on individual health and circumstances.

 

3. How Much Weight Can I Expect to Lose?

Weight loss varies, but many individuals can lose a significant amount of excess weight within the first year after surgery. On average, patients may lose 50-70% of their excess weight over a span of 1-2 years.

 

4. What Are the Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Benefits include substantial weight loss, improved health conditions like diabetes and hypertension, enhanced quality of life, increased energy, and reduced risk of obesity-related complications.

5. Is the Procedure Reversible?

Gastric sleeve surgery is not reversible, as a portion of the stomach is permanently removed. However, the remaining stomach can still be effective in promoting weight loss and managing health.

6. How Long Does the Surgery Take?

The surgery itself typically takes around 1-2 hours. Factors like surgical technique, patient health, and individual circumstances can influence the duration.

 

7. What Is the Recovery Process Like?

Recovery varies, but most patients spend a day or two in the hospital after surgery. Gradual progression through dietary stages, pain management, and physical activity are key aspects of recovery.

 

8. Will I Need to Follow a Special Diet After Surgery?

Yes, a post-operative diet plan is crucial for successful recovery and weight loss. The diet typically starts with clear liquids and gradually transitions to solid foods over several weeks.

 

9. Will I Experience Sagging Skin After Weight Loss?

Excess skin is a potential outcome of significant weight loss. Depending on factors like age, genetics, and the amount of weight lost, you may consider additional procedures to address excess skin.

 

10. Can I Get Pregnant After Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Yes, pregnancy is possible after gastric sleeve surgery. However, it's important to discuss your plans with your surgeon and follow their guidance for a safe and healthy pregnancy.

 

11. Will I Need Vitamin Supplements After Surgery?

Yes, vitamin and mineral supplements are often recommended to prevent nutritional deficiencies. Your medical team will provide guidance on the specific supplements you may need.

 

12. How Long Will I Be Out of Work After Surgery?

The time off work varies based on the nature of your job and your individual recovery. Some patients may return to work within a few weeks, while others may need more time.

 

13. Will I Need Additional Surgeries in the Future?

While additional surgeries are not always necessary, some patients may opt for procedures to address excess skin or other concerns. Regular follow-up with your medical team can help determine your specific needs.

 

14. How Can I Maintain Long-Term Weight Loss?

Long-term success involves adopting healthier eating habits, staying physically active, attending follow-up appointments, and seeking support from your medical team and support groups.

 

15. What Will My Relationship with Food Be Like After Surgery?

Your relationship with food will change as you transition to smaller portions and make healthier choices. Psychological and emotional support can be helpful in navigating this aspect of the journey.

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563-249-7556 

664-305-6290

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