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A 34-year-old member asked:

What will happen after bariatric surgery?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Weight loss: Provided there are complications from the surgery itself, you will start experiencing benefits of the surgery, namely, weight loss. Depending on the modality used, it will be either more sharp or slow. Also, you may have some side effects, such as diarrhea, again depending on the type of surgery. Also, it is very important you will need to stick to a dietary regimen and not to eat what you want.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
You'll lose weight.: Hopefully. You'll follow a prudent weight loss diet and exercise regimen. You'll supplement vitamins. You'll consult regularly with a Dietitian. You'll get blood tests to make sure you're nutritionally optimized.
Dr. Zeenat Hasan
Bariatrics 14 years experience
Life Changing: And wonderful! There are short term results from the actual surgery, like pain/nausea, which are temporary and will resolve with time. In the long run, you will experience weight loss, better energy/health, etc. It requires commitment from you as well: eat healthy, exercise, and use the tool that surgery gives you to maximize results. See a bariatric surgeon for more info. Good luck!

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A 37-year-old member asked:

How long will I be off of solid foods after I have bariatric surgery?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Bariatric Surgery: This depends on the type of surgery that is being considered for you. Discuss with your surgeon and ask to work with a nutritionist and or a dietician before and after the planned intervention.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Will patients be prescribed metformin before bariatric surgery?

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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
If diabetic.: Metformin is used for diabetes, and those who are obese may also be diabetic, so before Bariatric surgery one might find oneself on Metformin. That being said, diabetes tends to go away after Bariatric surgery.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How soon will I be able to walk after I have bariatric surgery?

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Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 28 years experience
Several hours: Most patients are able to (and should) get out of bed and walk within a matter of hours after laparoscopic bariatric surgery. This will help reduce the risk of blood clots as well as stimulating deep breathing, which will help reduce the risk of pneumonia. After going home walking or some other aerobic activity should be a daily activity.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How long will I extend my lifespan if I have bariatric surgery?

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Dr. Leena Khaitan
General Surgery 26 years experience
Several years: We know by being obese a person can shorten their lifespan by over 20 years. Successful weight loss surgery can reverse that.

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