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Weight Loss Surgery - FAQ

Updated December 28, 2018

What is the weight loss surgery?

Weight loss or bariatric surgery is the surgery to treat people who are dangerously obese in order to help them lose weight.

What are weight loss surgery types?

There are two types of weight loss surgery: restrictive surgeries and malabsorptive surgeries.  Restrictive surgeries (Gastric Sleeve Poland, Lap-Band Surgery Poland) – change the size of your stomach. Malabsorptive surgeries (Biliopancreatic Diversion, Gastric Bypass) change the way your digestive system absorbs food. Another possible option is vBloc device that can be inserted into your stomach in order to block the delivery of hunger signals.

Will my insurance cover weight loss surgery?

It depends on your health insurance plan. Contact your health insurance company to find out if it covers bariatric surgery.

Is it safe to have a bariatric surgery?

As any surgery weight loss surgery carries some the risks. All of the possible risks and complications will be discussed with you before the surgery. If your doctor is a professional and you follow all his instructions weight loss surgery is safe.

Who are candidates for bariatric surgery abroad?

The one who has a BMI (body mass index) of 40 or more, which for men means to be about 100 pounds overweight, and for women about 80 pounds.

Can weight loss surgery cure diabetes?

Weight loss surgery is an option for people with type 2 diabetes as most people with this type of diabetes suffer from obesity. Studies have shown that weight loss surgery can help people with type 2 diabetes to control their blood sugar levels. According to The New England Journal of Medicine after three years, 90 – 95 percent of the patients started to have a remission of diabetes and no longer needed to take insulin.

Can bariatric surgery cure sleep apnea?

Yes. Bariatric surgery is an effective method of treatment short- and long-term sleep apnea. You can decrease the risk of developing sleep apnea by 26% if you lose only 10 % of your body weight.

How much excess skin will I have after surgery?

The amount of excess skin you may have depends on your age, skin elasticity, and your total weight loss and it will be discussed before you treatment. To those who have a lot of excess skin, the surgeon may suggest having body lift plastic surgery.

What is the average weight loss I can expect after bariatric surgery?

Each patient achieves different weight loss results, it depends on the type of the surgery and your change in lifestyle habits. In general after weight loss surgery abroad patients lose 50-70% of excess weight.

How long after bariatric surgery abroad will I have to be out from work?

The time you need to stay off work depends on the type of the surgery and the type of work you have. If your work is not physically active you can go back in 2 weeks. If your work involves physical labor you can go back in 3-6 weeks.

Will I have to take vitamins and minerals after surgery?

Yes, right after the surgery you must take multivitamin, vitamin B-12 and calcium citrate daily.

How long will I have to stay in the hospital after surgery?

It depends on the type of the weight surgery. After gastric balloon surgery, you can leave the clinic the same day. While after gastric bypass and duodenal switch you should stay in the clinic for at least 2 days

Will I have to diet or exercise after the procedure?

Yes. After the weight loss surgery abroad you have to follow the diet. For the first two weeks all of the food must be blended. You should eat more protein and avoid eating food which increases the hunger such as rice, pasta, potatoes.

What are the risks of weight loss surgery?

Possible risks are: Infection adverse reactions to anesthesia, blood clots Lung or breathing problems, leaks in your gastrointestinal system. All of the risks will be discussed with you before the surgery.

How long should I stay in Poland for the weight loss surgery?

You should stay in Poland for at least 1 week but the length of your stay depends on the type of your weight loss surgery. All the details will be discussed with you beforehand. If you still have questions or want to book the appointment contact us!

Justyna Zastapilo

Justyna is a very open person and likes to talk to people. That's why she decided to become a patient adviser. She has comprehensive knowledge about medical procedures performed abroad.
+44 748 315 53 08

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