Frequently Asked Questions About Weight Loss Surgery

How do I get started?

Attend a free seminar given periodically by Dr. Symmonds, Dr. Rodriguez or Dr. Carpenter. (Before attending, you may want to check with your insurance carrier to ask about coverage for weight loss surgery.)

Check the online schedule for seminar locations, dates and times or call 800-771-5227 or 254-724-2397 and select option two. If you plan to attend a free seminar, please bring a copy of your medical insurance information, a valid photo ID, and a pen and paper for taking notes. Please also complete a brief insurance information form. It will help us serve you faster should you decide to have surgery.

Will my medical insurance cover weight loss surgery?

Please contact your insurance company directly and ask about coverage for weight loss surgery.

When and where is the Lifestyle Change class held?

Check the Lifestyle Change class schedule online for complete information. You are required to attend one Lifestyle Change class before your weight loss surgery.

How long after the procedure will it take to get my weight off?

This depends on which procedure is performed, how strictly you follow the after-surgery instructions, and how much excess weight you need to lose.

How will my diet and exercise routine change after weight loss surgery?

You will receive specific instructions based on the type of weight loss procedure you have, but the following five guidelines will apply:

  • Eat your protein first — at least half of each meal.
  • No snacking! Eat only two to three small meals per day.
  • Drink lots of water — 80 ounces per day.
  • Exercise 60 minutes every day, seven days a week.
  • Take your vitamin and mineral supplements daily.

Can I drink anything besides water between meals?

Yes, but the choices are limited. You can drink sugar-free beverages that do not contain calories, caffeine, or carbonation. For example, you may drink diluted sugar-free lemonade, but not diet sodas.

How often are follow-up appointments required after weight loss surgery?

After gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy surgery, the patient is typically scheduled for follow-up appointments at one week, two weeks, six weeks, three months, six months, and twelve months. Thereafter, follow-up appointments can be scheduled as needed.

After adjustable gastric banding surgery, the patient is scheduled for monthly follow-up appointments for the first 12 months. Thereafter, periodic weight checks are scheduled during the next six years; follow-up appointments can also be scheduled as needed.

Can I continue to take my current medicines before and after surgery?

Before your surgery, you will receive specific medication instructions from the bariatric surgery team. There are some medications you may need to stop taking before surgery such as diabetes medications, female hormones, birth control pills, PLAVIX®, COUMADIN®, diuretics or “water pills.”

After your surgery, certain medications should only be taken with permission from our team, including aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).

  • Gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy surgery patients: Following surgery, all of your medications will need to be in a liquid, chewable or crushable form for the first two months
  • Adjustable gastric band surgery patients: Following surgery, all of your medications will need to be in a liquid, chewable or crushable form for the first 10 days. After 10 days, you can take solid pills with two ounces of water.

When and where are Support Group meetings held?

Check the Support Group meeting schedule online for complete information. We encourage you to attend at least one meeting every month before and after surgery.

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