Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long after surgery will I be able to return to work?

    Generally speaking, you can expect to be out of work for two weeks, depending on the nature and activity level of your work. Following weight loss surgery, patients need time to acclimate to their new routine and diet.


  • What happens to my extra skin following surgery?

    Not everyone who has weight loss surgery will require or want plastic surgery. Several factors, such as age, genetics, and how overweight you are will determine what your skin does. Some people choose to “hide” excess skin and consider it a non-issue. Individuals who are prone to yeast infections or rashes can use antifungal powders and keep the area dry. For people who battle continuously with hygiene issues or just find the extra skin unattractive may opt for cosmetic surgery. The Atlanta Bariatric Center at Emory Johns Creek Hospital is affiliated with a number of board certified plastic surgeons who can meet your body contouring needs.


  • How long will I be in the hospital for the surgery?

    Laparoscopic band surgery patients normally go home the same day following surgery. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy patients commonly stay 23 hours. Laparoscopic gastric bypass patients are typically in the hospital for two days.


  • Will I be able to have a baby after surgery?

    The health issues prior to weight loss surgery specifically related to obesity resolve and women are more healthier, carry less weight, some become more fertile and go on to have healthy and normal pregnancies. That said, to nurture a growing fetus, our bariatric surgeons generally recommend avoiding pregnancy for 18-24 months following the gastric bypass surgery. Following banding surgery, the band can be loosened to meet nutritional requirements and tightened following pregnancy.


  • How much does weight loss surgery cost?

    Please see the list of hospital charges for self-pay bariatric patients on our paying for surgery page.


  • How soon will I be expected to start exercising?

    The same day of surgery you will be encouraged and assisted with a walk around the floor and at least every four hours thereafter. Once discharged, walk, walk, walk and walk some more. Your restriction is limited to heavy lifting (> 30 lbs) or straining. Your commitment to exercise is 5 days a week, 30 minutes a day.


  • What is the next step?

    The next step is to make an appointment with your surgeon of choice. Your surgeon’s office will direct you to schedule:
    A dietary consult with a registered dietitian
    A psychologist evaluation to ensure you understand and are ready for a lifetime change and commitment
    Labs and other routine tests as prescribed by your surgeon
    And any other required documentation from your individual insurance carriers.


  • How will I be put to sleep?

    Your anesthetist will be present at your side for your entire surgery. His/her job is to administer your anesthetic and monitor your vital signs to control the effects and depth of anesthesia. In addition, they are responsible for managing any medical problems that might arise during your surgery as well as any chronic medical conditions you may have (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, etc).

    In short, your anesthesiologist is personally responsible for your comfort and well being from the time he/she greets you in the preoperative holding area until he/she delivers you to the post anesthesia care unit (PACU). Your anesthesiologist will than turn your care over to a post anesthesia care unit nurse when he/she is satisfied that your condition no longer requires their presence. The PACU nurse and your anesthesiologist communicate when necessary about your care.

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