Weight-loss surgery is done to help you lose weight and get healthier. After the surgery, you will not be able to eat as much as before. Depending on the type of surgery you had, your body may not absorb all the calories from the food you eat.
Below are some questions you may want to ask your doctor or nurse about what will happen after you have the surgery.
How much weight will I lose? How fast will I lose it? Will I continue to lose weight?
What will eating be like after weight-loss surgery?
What extra vitamins or minerals I will need to take? Will I always need to take them?
How can I get my home ready before I even go to the hospital?
What types of feelings can I expect to have? Can I talk with other people who have had weight-loss surgery?
What will my wound be like? How do I take care of it?
How active can I be when I get home?
Will I have much pain? What medicines will I have for the pain? How should I take them?
When is my first follow-up appointment after my surgery? How often do I need to see the doctor during the first year after my surgery? Will I need to see doctors other than my surgeon?
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Updated by: Ann Rogers, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery; Director, Penn State Surgical Weight Loss Program, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
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