Weight Loss FAQs

General FAQs
  • Q1 :

    After surgery should I be eating small meals throughout the day?

  • No, you should not. You should maintain the normal habit of eating three solid meals a day. Eating lean meat and green leafy vegetables in appropriate quantities will give you the full sensation that lasts from one meal to the next, without the need to snack or graze in between. Snacking or grazing can defeat the objective of food restriction created by surgery, and lead to insufficient weight loss, as well as later weight regain.
  • Q2 :

    How long is the operation? What about hospital stay and time off from work?

  • The laparoscopic operation usually takes about 2-2½ hours. The average length of hospital stay is usually two days. The time off from work is about two weeks.
  • Q3 :

    How soon after surgery can I start working out? What about other physical activities, such as driving and sexual activities?

  • After a laparoscopic gastric bypass, two weeks is generally enough time to be off work. You should avoid driving for about 7-10 days. Other physical activities (including sex) are fine, with the exception of physical exercise involving the abdominal wall muscles, such as sit-ups or abdominal crunches. They should be avoided for about 4-6 weeks.
  • Q4 :

    I have a very low threshold for pain. Will you please give me extra morphine?

  • We routinely prescribe narcotic pain medications, delivered intravenously by a PCA (patient-controlled analgesia) pump. The pump delivers a baseline dose of the medication, plus additional doses that you can control yourself, by pressing a bed-side cabled button connected to the pump as needed.
  • Q5 :

    Is gastric bypass reversible?

  • Yes it is, but it will require a re-operation. However, it is extremely rare that a successful gastric bypass needs to be reversed.
  • Q6 :

    This operation will make me feel full all the time and I will never feel hungry again. Is that right?

  • During the initial period after surgery your new stomach pouch gets filled quickly with a very small amount (1-2 tablespoons) of solid food. Between meals, frequent drinking of fluids also keeps the stomach pouch constantly filled most of the time. Under these circumstances you may feel full almost all the time. Later, as the stomach pouch and its outlet gradually stretch to accommodate increasing meal sizes that empty faster, the sensation of fullness shortens, and hunger returns.
  • Q7 :

    What is dumping syndrome?

  • Dumping syndrome is a combination of unpleasant symptoms caused by the consumption of sugar or refined carbohydrate. The symptoms are abdominal cramps, sweating, palpitation, diarrhea and an overall ill-feeling. Although common after gastric bypass, it does not always happen and it varies in intensity from one person to another. It usually resolves with time.
  • Q8 :

    What kind of tubes should I expect to have when I wake up from surgery?

  • As a general rule, all the tubes employed during surgery are removed before you wake up from anesthesia.