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What might you need to do to prepare for weight loss surgery?

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Your doctors may ask you to lose some weight before surgery to show your commitment to change, and to improve your health. Some surgeons ask people to try to lose 15 pounds to 30 pounds before surgery.

If you smoke, your doctor will likely tell you to quit, both for your long-term health and to cut the chances of problems from your operation. Smokers are more likely to have complications, such as pneumonia, from surgery.

SOURCES: Daniel Herron, MD, bariatric surgery chief, Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York. James Kolenich, MD, former University of Pennsylvania Medical Center bariatric surgeon. Joe De Simone, PhD, psychologist, New York. Harvey J. Sugerman, MD, editor-in-chief, ; bariatric surgeon, Sanibel, FL. American Obesity Association. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.





Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 30, 2019

SOURCES: Daniel Herron, MD, bariatric surgery chief, Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York. James Kolenich, MD, former University of Pennsylvania Medical Center bariatric surgeon. Joe De Simone, PhD, psychologist, New York. Harvey J. Sugerman, MD, editor-in-chief, ; bariatric surgeon, Sanibel, FL. American Obesity Association. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.





Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 30, 2019

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