|The below questions are frequently asked by most people at some time or another during their weight loss surgery
journey. I will add new questions periodically as they come
up in my discussions with the many people I come in contact
Question 55 Cheryl
Lynn asks: “I am just wondering if it is normal to feel a little down
after surgery? I am 3 ½ weeks out and I have noticed as well as others
that I am very quiet and reserved. Have you dealt with this at all?
Phenomenon About Losing Weight
Question 54 I've noticed (or I think I've noticed) that my shape
is different than it was the last time I weighed 288 pounds (which was about 6-7
years ago). I remember being a size 26 when I weighed 255 pounds; now I'm
in a size 26 at 288 pounds (and the size 26 seems to be getting loose quickly).
Has anyone else experienced this or is it just my imagination?
Healthy Eating Patterns
Question 53 Why
is it that for 50 years you were unable to learn healthy eating patterns,
but after the surgery, you were finally able to learn them?
What about Blood Clots?
Question 52 I am waiting for my
surgical date and am getting very nervous. My best friend had her
surgery recently and is now in intensive care with 2 large blood clots in
her lungs, one in her thigh and one in her calf. Is this very common
or not? Please reply. Thanks and keep her in your prayers. Her
name is Judy G. from IN. Thank you. Dawn
I'm very discouraged about my weight loss
Question 51 I had
my surgery 2 months ago and thus far have lost about 42 pounds. In
the first month, I lost 39 pounds. But in the second month, I've only lost
3 pounds. I am very discouraged at this
point. I don't understand what my body is doing. I go to an aerobics
class 3 times a week and eat next to nothing. So why haven't I been
a success story? I'm trying to keep things together, but there are
times when I'm almost in tears because of the lack of weight loss!
I am very afraid of doctors and hospitals
Question 50 I
am only in the very first stages of trying to decide whether or not this
is the surgery for me. I am very overweight and I know something has to be
done, but I am so very afraid of doctors and hospitals. I keep thinking
what a shame it would be to have the surgery done and then die of
complications just because it was easier than dieting or something like
that. I can't bear the thought of leaving my little girl while she still
needs me. Is this fear normal and can you offer any help?
After Weight Loss Surgery
Question 49 I
recently started to get the newsletter and love it! I am only 28 and have
a son who is two. My question is can you please do a segment on pregnancy
after weight loss surgery and put in some testimonials? I'm so nervous about the subject. I really think I want
Question 48 Since the bottom portion of the stomach is
left intact, why does it not create "Hunger Pains"?
I get pretty intense pains and growling all the time, I am always
Will this go away?
Is this elective surgery?
Question 47 The other day, someone told me that since weight
loss surgery was elective surgery, I shouldn't take the risk of
dieing. Is the RNY gastric bypass procedure considered to be
Questions about the Surgery
Question 46 Will you please answer some questions I have
about the surgery?
1. How much pain is there and what kind of pain is it?
2. If I'm careful with what I eat, is there a lot of throwing up and
how long does it take your body to get used to your food so the throwing
3. I am scared to death, but feel I have to have this surgery.
Does everyone experience fear about having this done?
Will I survive the surgery?
I am afraid of loosing my life. Will I survive
What about a psych Evaluation?
Question 44: Hi Barbara, I read that you had a psych evaluation.
I do not believe that I am having one of those. Is this a question
that I should ask my doctor?
Confused about Terminology
Question #43: I was wondering if the Gastric Bypass Surgery is the
same thing as the Bariatric Surgery I have been reading about. I'm
Fearing the Surgery
Question 42: I
am scheduled for lap rny in March. I'm 29 years old and weigh 270.
To say that I'm scared to death is an understatement. I'm pretty
healthy, except for the extra 100 plus pounds, and have no major health
problems. I think I'm a good candidate, but convinced I'll be the
one to die right there on the table. Do you have any suggestions on
how I can get over this hump and look forward to a new life?
Lap vs. Open
Question 41: My insurance will cover the RNY procedure 100%,
but the surgery has to be done within the state that I live in.
Currently, there are several surgeons in my state who can perform the
procedure as an open, but there are no lap surgeons. I'm desperate,
but I'm really afraid of the open procedure. What do you suggest?
The Heartbeat "Thing"
Question 40 Why
is it that you and almost everybody in the chat rooms, has the same
mantra: "I'd do it over again in a heartbeat?" I can
understand the sentiment but it seems odd to me that just about everyone
uses the same words to describe their feeling.
Drinking Alcoholic Beverages
Question 39: After the surgery, will I ever be able to drink a
glass of wine? I haven't read anything about an occasional alcoholic
Pre-Op Shopping List
Question 38: I am scheduled for surgery in about 3
weeks. Can you give and suggestions on how I should get
prepared? Is there anything I can do to make it easier for me for
when I get discharged from the hospital?
Question 37: Today the media has had a story all over the air
about a well known man in the area who died after having a complication
from WLS. I know the risks and I also know that people die everyday,
but hearing this so many times on the media, is a little disturbing. I am
a survivor and I know this surgery is for me. What are your
thoughts on this?
Is It Worth It?
Question 36: How do you feel about your decision to have
weight loss surgery, one year later? Is it worth the permanent
Hypnotized During Surgery
Question 35: I read in your journal, on this website, that
you were hypnotized before your weight loss surgery. What was the
purpose of doing that?
Question 34: I understand that there is a problem with hair
loss after weight loss surgery. Does this happen to everyone, and
what causes this to happen?
Question 33: My biggest fear are
blood clots...is there something that can be done prior to, to help
prevent the likely hood of having them??
Question 32: I am a little worried about my loose skin. Is
there anything I can do to help stop it?
To Tell Or Not To Tell
Question 31: I have decided to have my surgery in
Atlanta by Dr. Champion. I'd like to keep the surgery a
secret, but I don't know if I can get away with it. (I'm an only child, 46
yrs. old, and live a mile away from my parents.) Do you think that's
My Insurance Won't Cover My Surgery.
Question 30: I have a consult with surgeon in a few weeks.
The office has said that my insurance will not cover this surgery, they
have tried to fight it, but with no success. Do you know why some
insurance companies have an exclusion written in it - excluding any
surgical care for obesity? I would like to fight them, but am not sure
how. I am afraid to try and pay on my own in case there is a complication.
Any suggestions? Thank you.
Questions About Eating.
Question #9: Can you give a more detailed timetable of how
we move back to eating regular food but in small amounts?
Will I ever be able to eat hot sauce again? Remember, I'm from
Texas. Do we eventually go back to the same foods anyone else eats (I
understand the serving is much smaller) what about hot and cold drinks? I guess I want to know if after everything is healed, do we
have a regular stomach that is only a fraction of the size it was?
Anxious About Insurance
Question 28: I just got word that the insurance company
received my doctors letter, I am sooooo nervous and anxious, .. . any
Question 27 Did you have bouts of throwing up. How long did it
take you to adjust to the new life style.
Worried About Getting Insurance Approval
Question 26 I know I am going to have a fight on my hands,
trying to get my insurance provider to pay. Other than chronic
lower back pain and constant heartburn, I do not have anything that would
deem this "medically necessary"! My doctor is wonderful
and says he will do whatever he can on his end, and that if I jump
through all their hoops and stay committed, they will hopefully give in.
As far as past diet history, the list is numerous. The problem is, I
do not have proof. They were never supervised by a physician and I
never kept receipts or documentation of them. (I never thought I would
need that.) I just wanted to forget about another failed attempt at
losing weight on my own! If you have any suggestions, I would very
much appreciate them.
How Long Is Recovery Time?
Question 25 My age is 25. How much recovery time is needed
following surgery? How long would I have to be out of work and
school after the surgery?
Will My Age Be a Problem With Insurance?
Question 24 How do I get the process started to have the
surgery done? When I get a referral from my family doctor, will I
have to contact my insurance company to see if this surgery will be
covered? Since I am only 25, will my age diminish my chances of
getting insurance approval? I weigh 345lbs.
Will I Be Able To Get Pregnant?
Question 23 Will I be able to have children after having
weight loss surgery? I have been unsuccessful in getting pregnant and am
worried that this surgery will make matters worse.
Slow Insurance Approval
Question 22: Why does it take so long for Medicaid to
approve someone and why did I need 5 yrs of medical records?
Can I Drink Carbonated Beverages?
Question 21: My older sister is considering
surgery. She has been told that she will never be able to drink
carbonated beverages again (i.e. Coke). She is really worried about
her ability/inability to forever say goodbye to that yummy drink.
The nurse at her Dr's office told her it would stretch her stomach. What
can you tell me about this?
I have Several Questions.
1) Did you feel like you didn't want to
tell anyone about this surgery?
2) How long did it take you to recover from the surgery?
3) Once the primary care doctor said yes, how long did you have to wait?
4) Were you concerned about the risks of undergoing the procedure?
5) Are you really not hungry anymore?
6) Do you still have the desire to overeat?
7) Were you compulsive about eating before the surgery?
Looking For Information.
Question 19: I live in Phoenix, AZ
and am thinking about weight loss surgery. Because I am very self conscious
about my weight, I don't feel comfortable talking about this with anyone I
know, but want to find out more about this method of losing weight.
Can you give me any information.
I'm Afraid My Dr. Will Not Recommend
Me For Surgery.
Question 17: I am so afraid to ask my Doctor if
he would recommend me for this surgery. I couldn't stand it if he
said "No". Is this a common feeling?
How Successful Is Weight Loss
Question 16: I have failed many
diets all my life. My brother told me about someone he knew that had
weight loss surgery and gained all the weight back. He does not know
if it was the RNY. I am very concerned that after I go through all
the pain, risks, and recovery of RNY surgery, the lack of food, and
lifestyle changes, I will not be successful at losing weight. How
successful is RNY weight loss surgery, and can I realistically believe I
can be thin?
Will I Get The Shakes From Eating So
Question 15: Whenever I have gone on any diet which drastically
reduced the amount of food I could eat, I would be weak and get the
shakes. I am worried that this will happen to me again after my
surgery. Is it common to get the shakes after surgery?
RNY or a VBG?
Question 14: I am considering weight loss surgery and have
narrowed the surgery type down to an RNY or a VBG. In your opinion,
which is the best choice?
Crying Fits For No Reason
Question 13: I was just wondering if anyone else had crying
fits for no reason. Am I just going crazy or what???
Question 12: I am pre-op and wondering about
lactose intolerance. I've read that some people become lactose
intolerant after the surgery and want to know what percentage of people develop
this problem? I like yogurt and skim milk, which happen to be
good protein sources, and would miss them if my system starts to reject
What About Taking Vioxx?
Question 11: Does anyone know if we can take
Vioxx after an RNY? This is a new medication and it is great for
arthritis. I would like to take it if it won't harm my stomach
Has anyone tried Viactiv, the
calcium chew? They have 3 grams of sugar each and I will have to
chew at least 2 or more per day. Has anyone experienced any dumping
with these? Also, what are some other calcium issues to consider?
Tired of Pureed Foods
Question 9: It seems like I have been on pureed food for
an eternity. Do you have any suggestions for something that tastes
good but will be OK for my pureed diet?
Tired After Surgery
Question 8: I am two weeks post-op, and 17lbs gone
forever but my energy level is far below my normal. I take 2
a day vitamins, drink protein shakes and have 3 to 4 meals a day, and
start each with a good bit of protein. I just feel very sluggish,
and everything I do takes an effort. Is this normal?
Getting A Referral From Your PCP
I am scheduled for an appointment
with my doctor to get a referral to have weight loss surgery. What do I
need to find out to get ready for this appt? What do I need to
What About Leaks?
How do you know when you have a
leak. What are the symptoms to look for.
Question 5: I am a new member and have a couple
questions for you all. I have read over and over that some people
have complications with their lungs and heart. This may sound dumb but
what does either of these have to do the WLS and also I have read a person
needs to quit smoking before having WLS. Why besides the obvious
reason does a person need to quit?
Question 4: I am 2 weeks post op and I am unable to do the walking
that my surgeon wants of me. I have a really bad back. Do any of you have
suggestions as to other exercise besides walking?
Question 3: Can any of you post oppers share with me your extra
skin experiences as it relates to insurance coverage? Is it usually
a covered procedure after WLS? If not, how much will I be looking
Question 2: As of today I am two weeks
post-op. I have been doing well. Today, though, I ate my first
bit of pureed food. I had cream of mushroom soup for lunch and some
mashed potatoes for dinner. I was able to eat about 3 oz. of each.
I did not feel full and I so much wanted to eat more! I didn't, but
it scared me. I felt hungry and wanted more. Is this normal?
Shouldn't I only be able to consume 2oz? Shouldn't I feel full?
Problems Eating: Post-Op
Question 1: Just had my RNY done 5 days ago. I don't seem to be
able to eat pain free. Whenever I eat a little something (juice,
jell-o, soup) it feels like it gets stuck in my throat which in turn makes
me cough until I almost throw up.