We at International Patient Facilitators have been connecting patients with reliable doctors across the border, so that Americans can have safe and affordable bariatric surgery for weight loss.
Bariatric surgery is a quick and easy way to rapidly loss weight. However, certain complications related to the procedure worry patients. To clarify any ambiguities, here are the most commonly asked questions about bariatric surgery:
I’m I eligible for bariatric surgery?
There are generally four conditions which makes anyone eligible for a bariatric surgery:
- A BMI (body mass index) of more than 40
- Males who are 100 pounds overweight and females who are 80 pounds overweight
- Serious obesity-related conditions like heart diseases, diabetes and high cholesterol
- Repeatedly failing to lose weight through other means
If you identify yourself with any of these four conditions, you are eligible for a bariatric surgery.
How long will I be in the hospital?
Laparoscopy has completely changed bariatric surgeries and patients can walk away after the surgery just one night of the surgery. However, individual conditions may vary.
How soon will I be back to my job?
On an average, it takes around 2 to 4 weeks for patients before they can start their normal routine. This is mainly because the nutrition intake drops significantly and patients feel weakness for one or two weeks post-surgery.
When can I start exercising?
The exercising starts immediately after the surgery, as patients are made to walk. In case of laparoscopy, patients are able to walk only a few hours after the surgery.
However, when it comes hitting the gym, weight lifting and swimming, you will need to wait at least 6 weeks so that your body heals completely and you experience a significant stability in your weight.
Will I experience hair loss after surgery?
For reasons still unknown, patients do experience hair loss for 2 to 5 months after the surgery. However, this hair loss is temporary and can also be avoided with adequate vitamin and protein intake.
Is it safe to become pregnant after bariatric surgery?
Usually, a period of 18 months is recommended to get pregnant as the body weight is not stable until then. If a baby is conceived far too early, there is a danger of malnutrition in the baby, as well as the mother.
Women tend to experience increase in fertility as birth control pills do not work well during rapid weight loss. So an alternative method of contraception should be used in order to prevent an unhealthy pregnancy.
Is bariatric surgery painful?
Patients experience a little pain after surgery and are prescribed oral medication to cope with it. However, majority of the patients do not consider pain to be a major problem at the time of recovery.
Visit our website to learn more about different types of bariatric procedures including, gastric sleeve, gastric band, gastric bypass, and gastric balloon. We can help you set up an appointment with an experienced surgeon in Mexico for all types of procedures.
Allow the bariatric experts to help you if you need support. Please reach out every opportunity you get with every question that you have – it’s not just our work to assist you. We celebrate in seeing you succeed.
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About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Nutritionist and Bariatric Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery patients for 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric patients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two teens, husband and two furry friends.
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