At Reduxion we see a large number of patients many of whom have the same concerns. Here we have listed some of the weight loss surgery FAQs that relate to weight loss surgery in general followed by some questions that relate specifically to each separate procedure. This list of FAQs is not exhaustive and the bariatric surgeon is the best person to advise you on the each of the procedures and how they would impact you.
No one surgery is better than the other. The best one for you is the one that suits your current medical conditions, your eating patterns, your weight loss requirements and one that you can commit to. Your surgeon will give you the best possible advice during your consultation and you will be given time to consider your options and ask more questions if you are still unsure.
At the moment most insurance companies do not recognise weight loss procedures in their policies.
Many people on medication undergo weight loss surgery. It is important you let the surgeon know of any treatment you are receiving to ensure that all the necessary investigations are completed before proceeding. This ensures that any risks of surgery are minimised. For few weeks after surgery, it is likely that you will have to take your medication in a liquid form or crush any tablets you normally take.
For the gastric balloon procedure you may need a day or two off work. For the surgeries most people can return to work after 2 to 3 weeks unless they have a manual job where they may need a little longer.
You must check with your insurance company. DVLA policy is that you must not drive for 10 days after any operation. You must be able to perform an emergency stop safely.
For the keyhole surgeries you will have 5 very small scars equally spaced across your upper abdomen. Wounds should be healed within two to three weeks and will fade over time.
You could do. This is different for each individual. It depends on the amount of weight lost, a person’s age, their skin condition and their commitment to exercise. You can be referred to one of the cosmetic surgeons we have links with but this is not recommended until two years after surgery when your weight loss has stabilized.
You will be given advice about any supplements and medication required to support you following your surgery. However, you may be able to reduce or stop completely some of your current medication. Any medication taken pre-operatively will be discussed with you prior to your treatment. You will be monitored continually to ensure that you are fit and well and you are progressing with your weight loss.
You will liaise very closely with our dieticians who will give you a specific diet plan tailored to your individual needs after your surgery. The aim of the weight loss treatments is to help individuals change their lifestyle and make healthier food choices. The treatments can help you but all require your commitment if they are to work in the long-term.
It is best to avoid alcohol for the first six to eight weeks of the ‘weaning’ period immediately following your surgery. There is no reason why it should be completely avoided, but alcohol should be consumed in moderation as it is high in calories. Also, following surgery you will find that you may feel intoxicated much quicker. Alcohol is absorbed into your blood stream much more rapidly as there is less food to absorb it in your stomach.
You will be encouraged to exercise gradually following surgery. It is an important part of your recovery plan and of your weight loss.
Of course! Although your treatment will affect the amount you can eat it will not prevent you from going out. You will, however, have to choose wisely from the menu.
You will have regular follow-ups included in your fixed price package. However, if something can not wait until your next follow-up then you can call your consultant’s administration team. If you have a medical emergency you can call the emergency helpline number of the hospital in which you had the procedure.
You will be charged £150 for your initial consultation. However, if you proceed to surgery* this fee will be deducted from the Fixed Package Price. The hospitals set their own prices but all the weight loss options are offered as Fixed Price Packages, which means you have a one-off payment covering your pre-assessments, your surgery and your aftercare with no extras to pay. Refer to the FAQs for the relevant procedure for prices.
*(excludes the gastric balloon)