The process of preparing for weight loss surgery may seem overwhelming. Below are questions patients often ask:
- What kind of results can I expect?
Each of the procedures available at Fauquier Health is capable of delivering phenomenal results. However, results can vary greatly. The good news is that the nutrition, exercise and behavior skills you’ve learned from a lifetime of weight management can help you succeed once this extra “tool” of weight loss surgery is added to the equation. Generally speaking, our clients can expect to lose at least 60-70% of their excess body weight, with most weight lost in the first year following treatment. These percentages are based closely on the national average. In many cases, some experience an even greater percentage of weight loss, but there may be a few outliers, which can bring the average percentage lost down. In all cases, however, success remains highly dependent on a client's adherence to the lifestyle changes and postoperative instructions suggested by our surgeons and staff.
- Will my insurance cover the cost?
Although bariatric surgery is the most effective method to lose weight and keep it off, not all insurance policies cover bariatric surgery. Your surgeon and/or bariatric navigator can review your insurance coverage and discuss your individual options. Our program also offers very competitive, affordable self-pay pricing if your insurance does not cover this procedure. Just be sure to ask.
- What is the recovery time for weight loss surgery?
Recovery time associated with bariatric surgery is generally minimal. Depending on the type of work, the majority of clients are able to return to work within one to two weeks after surgery. Also, for two weeks after surgery, a liquid diet is recommended to allow the stomach to heal. The diet then progresses from soft to solid foods, with the advancement time mostly determined by your comfort level.
- When can I begin exercising after surgery?
Right away! To start, we recommend short, easy walks while you are in the hospital. The key is to start slow. Listen to your body and to your surgeon. Stay low impact for the first month. Your surgeon and dietitian will give you more specific instructions on activity levels.
- Do most patients need to have plastic surgery, or skin removal surgery, after weight loss?
Some patients choose to have plastic surgery after significant weight loss but this depends on various factors. Your surgeon can discuss this with you.
- If my insurance company will not pay for the surgery, can I pay for the surgery myself?
We do offer competitive, affordable self-pay pricing for patients who are interested in bariatric surgery. Please contact us directly for a competitively-priced quote.
- What kinds of medications and/or vitamins will I need to take after surgery?
Most times, patients are able to stop many (or all) medications associated with weight-related diseases such as diabetes and high blood-pressure. It is recommended that bariatric surgery patients maintain an individualized vitamin regiment indefinitely after surgery. Most of our patients tell us that swapping medication for a vitamin/mineral supplement is an easy tradeoff.