The following are some of the most frequently asked questions about bariatric surgery and our program.


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How soon can I get my initial consultation?

The first step is to complete our on line registration form.

Why should I attend the support group meetings?

The Bariatric Surgery Educational Seminar will help you decide if this surgery is right for you. The Weight Loss Support Group meeting is under the direction of a licensed provider. Attending this meeting gives you the opportunity to talk personally with people who have "been there and done that". They know firsthand the ups and downs of bariatric surgery and will be able to share their experiences with you.

What if I have already attended meetings like this somewhere else?

Every program is different; therefore, the best way to decide if our program is right for you is to complete our Bariatric Surgery Educational Seminar.

Does it cost anything to attend these meetings? Who should attend these meetings with me?

There is no fee to attend. You are welcome to bring a person for support.

Is the bariatric surgery done laparoscopically?

Yes. When you meet with our surgical team, they will discuss with you if you are a candidate for laparoscopic surgery.

How long will I be in the hospital?

A patient has an estimated two-night hospital stay.

How long will I be out of work?

One to two weeks is the typical time of recovery from laparoscopic abdominal surgery. Your type of work will also influence how soon you may return.

What is the risk of surgery?

Your surgeon will discuss your individual risk at your initial consultation.

How successful is the surgery?

Significant weight loss with improvement or resolution of your obesity-related health issues.

Is it true that I will have to take vitamins for the rest of my life?

Yes, daily vitamins are recommended.  Our dietitian will discuss adequate therapy with you during your evaluation.

What about hair loss after surgery?

Some patients experience thinning and/or hair loss after surgery. This is normally a temporary problem that usually resolves over time as your body adjusts to the new diet.

When will I have to see the doctor after surgery?

Patients are seen two weeks, six weeks, three months, six months, nine months, 12 months, 18 months, 24 months and then annually for life.

Who can do a tummy tuck or remove excess skin after weight loss?
Can I get pregnant after surgery?

Yes, you can. It is very important to wait at least two years after your surgery to become pregnant. You will need this time to adjust physically and emotionally to your weight loss and diet before becoming pregnant.

When will I be able to schedule my surgery?

This will be discussed at your initial consultation based on your obesity-related health issues and individual insurance requirements.

Is the NMMC program accredited in bariatric surgery?

Yes. Now that the Bariatric Center is designated as an Accredited Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Quality Improvement Program and is recognized in the Optum Centers of Excellence Network.