Questions to ask to your weight loss surgeon

Being a well-informed patient is good for you and good for your doctor. Here are some of the questions you should ask before deciding on a weight loss surgeon:

  • Am I a candidate for weight loss surgery?
  • How would I benefit from weight loss?
  • What types of weight loss surgery procedures have you performed?
  • Can you perform this surgery laparoscopically?
  • Can I be considered a candidate for surgery even though I have one or more associated health conditions related to my obesity?
  • Which weight loss procedure is best for me? Why? What are the risks involved?
  • What is the length of my anticipated hospital stay?
  • How long will it be before I can return to pre-surgery levels of activity?
  • How will my eating habits change?
  • What is the cost of weight loss surgery?
  • What is the typical excess weight loss and improvement of associated health conditions for your other patients?
  • What information can you give me to help family and friends better understand this surgery?
  • Who will be responsible for my follow-up during and after hospital stay (you or your assistants)?

Adjustable Gastric Banding

Gastric banding is an adjustable gastric band that alters the anatomy of the stomach to help you reduce your food intake.

It is performed laparoscopically, meaning that the surgeon makes small incisions as opposed to one large incision.


Sleeve Gastrectomy?

Sleeve gastrectomy, or vertical sleeve gastrectomy, is one of the relatively newer types of weight loss surgery.

This surgery can also be referred to medically as gastric sleeve resection, gastric sleeve surgery or tube gastrectomy.


Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass) is regarded internationally as the “gold standard” of weight loss surgery designed to reduce your food intake if you have tried and failed to lose weight through diet and exercise. Follow up to 15 years after surgery has shown patients maintain weight loss after gastric bypass surgery.