Bariatric Weight-Loss Surgery

3 Common Questions About Weight Loss Surgery

Dr. Jason F. Moy
Dr. Brian T. Chin
Daniel Roman
April 10, 2020
3 Common Questions About Weight Loss Surgery

Have you considered weight loss surgery? Weight loss surgery is an excellent way to change your lifestyle for the better. With the right exercise and nutrition plan, you can lose large amounts of weight within a year. As great as weight loss surgery sounds, you may have some questions. No matter what the procedure is, when surgery is involved, anyone would have questions!  

Is Gastric Bypass Safe?

Gastric bypass surgery is one of the most common types of weight-loss surgery. This bariatric surgery will make changes to your stomach and digestive system through surgery. By doing this, the amount of food you can eat will be limited and you will absorb fewer nutrients, promoting weight loss.

Gastric bypass is not for everyone, however. There are some risks to the surgery, just like any other procedure would have. This procedure can help alleviate health problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, and high blood pressure. The side effects of a gastric bypass include:

 - Vitamin or iron deficiency

- Stomach ulceration

- Spleen or organ injury

- Leakage

- Perforation of stomach or intestines

- Bowel obstruction

- Protein or calorie malnutrition

- Pulmonary problems

- Gallstones

- Hernias

- Internal bleeding

- Breakage

- Dumping syndrome


Out of all of these side effects, you may be unfamiliar with dumping syndrome. Dumping syndrome takes place when you eat too much or food heavy in sugars. This food will travel through your digestive system too quickly and cause nausea, diarrhea, and more. The important thing to remember with the risks of gastric bypass is that you will be screened intensely before surgery. If your health posed any risks for this procedure, a doctor or surgeon would be sure to find out. This surgery is one of the safest of all the weight loss surgeries, so much so that it is even recommended to those above 60 years of age.  

How To Find Success After Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery is not a “cure all” for obesity. It is, however, an extremely effective tool for helping you lose weight and keeping the weight off. In order to find success after weight loss surgery, you must change your lifestyle. This means following a strict dietary and fitness regimen.

As soon as your surgery is over, you will be encouraged to exercise. These exercises start simple, like getting in and out of bed and walking around the hospital. Your workouts will change as you lose weight. The longer you do a certain workout, the more accustomed to it your body gets, meaning it works less. The same goes for losing weight. The more weight you lose, the harder it is to keep losing weight. This is why your exercises will change frequently.

Your diet is also something you can’t skim out on. If you ignore your suggested nutrition plan, you will lose less weight and gain more back. Drinking two to three quarts of water a day is important for a patient of weight loss surgery, as you are more likely to become hydrated. Water must be consumed at a slow pace, as your stomach has less room for water than it did before.

How Long Will I Be out of Work?

After surgery, many patients will return to work within a week or two. This all depends on their recovery. Once you are back at work, you may experience low energy. Because of this, you may want to work half-days and/or fewer days before fully returning to work. Remember, don’t overdo it after surgery. Listen to your body and make sure you do not overexert yourself. 

Weight Loss Surgery Near Me

Do you still have questions about bariatric surgery? BASS Medical Group has answers for you. Our bariatric surgeons are the best in their field and will do their best to answer any questions you have before surgery. Contact us today for a consultation.

The Best Bariatric Care in California

BASS Bariatric Surgery Center and Dr. Brian T. Chin offers some of the best bariatric care in northern California. Our team is ready to make you as comfortable as possible during your recovery from your surgery. If you are interested in gastric bypass surgery and want to know more, contact our expert bariatric surgeons to find out if this surgery is right for you.

About The Author

Daniel Roman, Content Writer

Daniel Roman is a Digital Content Writer at BASS Medical Group. He received his Masters in Journalism from UC Berkeley in 2021. Daniel has published multiple newspaper articles covering public health issues. His latest was a magazine cover story on pandemics and diseases that he co-wrote with Dr. Elena Conis, a historian of medicine, public health, and the environment.

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