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Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Weight Loss Surgery

1. Is this the right time for me to consider weight loss surgery?

2. Which type of weight loss surgery is best for my situation?

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3. How will the bariatric surgery help me lose weight?

4. What are the risks of this surgery?

5. How could bariatric surgery affect other health conditions I have?

6. How long will I be in the hospital, and off work recovering?

7. What type of follow-up care will be necessary?

8. How much food will I be able to eat afterwards?

9. Are there certain foods I won't be able to eat?

10. Will I need vitamins after my surgery, and if so what types?

11. When can I start exercising after surgery?

12. How likely is it that I’ll regain weight after surgery?

13. Are you board-certified by the American Board of Surgery?

14. Are you a member of the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons?

15. How many weight loss surgeries do you do each year?

16. How many of your patients have died from weight loss surgery? Depending on the procedure used and any risk factors, the average death rate is usually less than 1.25%.

 17. How often do your patients have complications? What side effects are most common?

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on July 21, 2014

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