Will I be able to eat after surgery?
Yes. However, there will be many changes in your food intake after surgery. The amount of food you are able to eat will be much smaller. It is necessary to chew your food well before swallowing. A dietician will advise you on the portions and choices of food to take. You may first be started on liquids before slowing progressing to solids to allow you to get used to your surgery.
How much weight will I lose?
The amount of weight loss can vary between 2 patients who underwent identical surgeries. The surgery does not work alone; it needs to be combined with healthy eating habits and physical exercises. Weight loss is initially quite rapid, but is expected to slow down and even plateau at the end of 1 year. It is important to stay committed to your new diet and exercise plans.
Will I need vitamin supplements?
Lifelong vitamin supplements are required, along with clinic follow-up and blood tests to ensure adequate nutrition.
Will I need plastic surgery for excess skin?
Skin is elastic and may recoil and mould itself around the new body after weight loss. For some patients though, the excess skin remains after weight loss and can cause problems. It is important to clean and dry under the skin folds. Surgery to trim the excess skin can be considered after your weight has stabilised – usually in a year or two.
Can I get pregnant after surgery?
Pregnancy can be easier as you lose weight as your menstrual cycle may become more regular. You may still need to seek a gynaecologist consult if there are other fertility issues. It is important to plan your pregnancy and to let your bariatric surgeon and gynaecologist know your plans to ensure that your nutritional requirements are met.