Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What is laparoscopic surgery?

    Laparoscopic surgery is often referred to as "minimally invasive". Unlike traditional surgical methods,  the surgeon will make small incisions in the abdominal area. He will then use a use a laparoscope, which is a small fiberoptic camera, to view the area to accomplish the procedure. Most patients who opt for laparoscopic surgery over traditional surgery recover faster and experience less pain.

  • Q: How long will it take to recover from my surgery?

    Most patients who have undergone laparoscopic surgery recover fairly quickly. The hospital stay is typically less than 24 hours. Most patients are able to return to work about a week after surgery, but it may take closer to 4-6 weeks before a patient can begin exercising.

  • Q: How much weight will I lose?

    As with any procedure, results vary from patient to patient. The amount of weight you lose is dependent upon several factors. One of the most important factors is your ability to maintain a healthy diet and exercise program.  Obesitiy surgery helps you begin your weight loss jouryney, but it requires a lifelong commitment to your health. In the first year it is possible to lose 2 to 3 pounds per week, it is more common to lose one pound a week. Weight loss is more gradual after the first year. It is very important to set achievable goals from the beginning. Your main goal is to lose weight to improve your health.

  • Q: Will I need to take vitamin supplements?

    Yes. Because you are consuming less food, you may not always get the amount of nutrients you need each day. Most patients will need to take a daily vitamin, but you will visit your surgeon for check ups and he will determine if you need any extra supplements.