How will gastric bypass help me lose weight?
Gastric bypass will reduce the size of your stomach so you do not eat as much AND will bypass part of your small intestine so you absorb less calories.
How long will I be in the hospital?
The typical hospital stay is 1-2 days after surgery.
Can I exercise or go back to work?
We will ask you to walk when you get home, but check with your surgeon about exercise programs, driving or going back to work.
Will I need to follow a special diet?
In the months before surgery we will ask you to try to eat healthier foods to lose weight and be in better shape for your surgery.
Two weeks before your surgery you will follow a liquid-only diet that will help to shrink the size of your liver. This helps the surgeon do your surgery laparoscopically.
In the hospital right after surgery and when you go home your diet will be liquids only. You will slowly begin to take other foods until you are eating many types of food. This may take up to four months.
Advice to follow:
- Eat a high-protein, low-fat diet
- Eat small portions
- Eliminate sugar and sweets, carbonated drinks and alcohol
How often will I see the doctor after surgery?
You will have an appointment about two weeks after surgery and then routine visits through the first year after surgery. After this time it is very important to see your surgeon every year.
How much weight can I expect to lose?
Most people lose 50% to 70% of their excess body weight in the first 12 to 18 months after surgery. Long-term success depends on commitment to diet and lifestyle changes. Remember - surgery is not a quick fix. It is a tool to help you with your weight loss.
Do I need vitamins or supplements?
You will need to take vitamins for the rest of your life. Each person is different but you must take:
You will need extra liquid protein until you can eat enough food. The dietitian will discuss this with you.