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Ask This When Seeking Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery can be a tremendously effective way to lose weight fast. By no means is it the only way to lose weight, nor is it even a preferable method for losing weight. Talking to your doctor will help you decide if weight loss surgery is for you, and because there are various types of surgery, you and your doctor will also need to determine your best options. Additionally, there are many top-rated places you can go, that have been performing numerous weight loss surgeries over the years, particularly places like the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Lowell General Hospital and St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital. These accredited facilities have been recognized for their achievements, yielding a nearly 70 percent success rate. Going to any of these or other top-quality facilities, will greatly increase your chances of a surgery free of serious complications. But before you talk to your doctor, here are some questions you should ask when seeking weight loss surgery.

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Is weight loss surgery for me?

If you have tried everything possible in order to loseweight, including necessary changes in diet and exercise, then you may be acandidate for weight loss surgery. However, if you have certain health issueslike type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol, a doctor may alsoconsider you for weight loss surgery. Likewise individuals with a BMI of over40 may also be considered candidates for surgery.

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Will lifestyle changes should I make after surgery?
You will need to, and will probably only want to, eat smaller but frequent meals throughout the day. Eating more food than necessary may cause problems. You’ll also want to commit to a nutritious diet and exercise as well. Exercise should be a lot easier due to the fact that the weight on your joints is significantly reduced.
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Are there any implant options?
Electrical implants can be placed to disrupt nerve signals between the brain and stomach. One such implant is a maestro rechargeable system that delivers electrical impulses from the stomach to the brain, in order to fool the brain into thinking the stomach is full.
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How much weight can I lose?
While there’s no set expectation, your doctor may have a pretty good idea. Generally, many types of weight loss surgeries can leave you losing as much as half your body weight, but sometimes les and sometimes even more than that.
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Is this surgeon qualified?
Surgeons should be certified by the American Board of Surgery and should be members of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. You should look for surgeons who have performed many surgeries and have had a high success rate.
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How much does weight loss surgery cost?
Cost estimates vary between weight loss surgery centers, so it's important to get many different quotes. However, average costs for weight loss surgery in the U.S. range from $20,000 to $25,000. Also keep in mind that this is an average costs, and some surgeries are cheaper than others. Surgeon fees and hospital fees can also move costs up or down.
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What types of weight loss surgery are there?
Restrictive surgeries can shrink the stomach and slow digestion so that the stomach can hold much less food. After surgery, you will feel fuller eating much less food and as a result you will lose weight. Malabsorptive surgeries alter how you take in calories by making your stomach smaller and removing part of the digestive tract.
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What is gastric bypass surgery?
Gastric bypass surgery involves both restrictive and malabsorptive surgeries, bypassing the stomach and small intestine. The stomach is divided into two parts with the upper section connecting directly to the lower small intestines. A biliopancreatic diversion is an even more dramatic surgery that cuts off 70% of the stomach.
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What do I need to do before surgery?
You may be required to make dietary changes, including going on a liquid diet, and if you smoke, you’ll likely be asked to stop. Some surgeons may also ask you to try to lose some weight before surgery.
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What kinds of restrictive surgeries are there?
Gastric banding uses a band placed around the stomach that separates it into two sections. A small channel connects the smaller section to the lower section and slowly allows food to enter. This allows patients to feel full eating only small amounts of food at a time and encourages more chewing. A sleeve gastrectomy removes 75% of the stomach, leaving only a small connected to the intestines.
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What are the risks of surgery?
Weight loss surgery is not without plenty of risk. Problems associated with weight loss surgery include uncomfortable side effects like nausea and vomiting. More severe complications can also occur like blood clotting, ulcers and heart attack. Patients can develop vitamin deficiencies and gallstones.
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What will recovery be like?
You may need to spend a few days in the hospital to recover. Depending on which surgery you had, you may be required to drink only clear liquids and slowly progress from eating pureed foods before eating solid foods again. You may also need to take it easy as much as several weeks after surgery if recovery takes longer in your particular case.

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