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Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to lose excess weight after weight-loss surgery?
Excess weight loss begins right after surgery and continues for 18-24 months after surgery.

How long will I be in hospital?
This varies by procedure. The laparoscopic adjustable gastric band is done as a day case with a possible overnight stay , one to two days for a laparoscopic gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy, and three to five days for an open gastric bypass.

I am a very anxious person and feel too scared to go through with it. What if I change my mind?
To admit to having a weight problem is a big step. Likewise, to take the decision to have surgery is a big commitment but please remember that “you will always have what you’ve always had, if you always do what you’ve always done.” Having reached this stage, I suspect that you will regret not going ahead with it. Obviously, for it to work long term you HAVE to be ready to commit 100% but nobody can force you; you must choose how you live your life.

Is there a support group where people meet up to discuss their experiences?
Yes, we hold monthly meetings at Dubai Mall Medical Centre to enable people to share their thoughts and express any concerns. It is of great benefit to gather together and realize that they are many people who are going through the same thing and that they are not alone.

Will there be a lot of pain when I wake up following surgery?
Whilst in the operating theatre and under anaesthetic, you will be given analgesia to prevent you from being in pain on waking up. We are keen to have you mobilizing as soon as possible. To facilitate this, you will be prescribed strong, effective painkillers and can have them routinely on a regular basis. If you still feel your pain is inadequately controlled, we are quick to ensure that you are prescribed extra analgesia to make you more comfortable. It is normal to feel an element of discomfort but this is minimized by the nurse’s regular pain control assessment. Please inform the nurses if you are in pain as they can provide pain relief on request within the limits of the safe dosage of the individual drugs prescribed. Please do not suffer in silence.

I am often sick after General Anaesthetics, can this be prevented?

Yes, during assessment, your Anaethetist will take into account all aspects of your well-being and can prescribe medication to prevent the feeling of nausea and vomiting.

Will I be continuously hungry following surgery if I cannot eat much?
Many patients find that they do not want to eat very much for the first few weeks following surgery. As their appetite returns, it is not a ravenous appetite but it is one that is soon satisfied by following the dietary advice given.

How soon will I be able to walk?
Your surgeon will usually require you to get up and move about on the evening of the surgery. You will be asked to take just a few steps by the bedside and progress from there, the next day onwards.

How soon can I drive?
It is imperative that for your own safety and that of others, you should not drive until you have stopped taking narcotic medications and can move quickly and alertly to stop your car, especially in an emergency. Please also check with your insurance company in this regard.

Can I get pregnant after weight loss surgery?
We strongly recommend that you wait at least one year post operatively before planning a pregnancy. This is dependant upon individuals and should be discussed with the surgeon.

Will I be asked to stop smoking?
Patients are asked to stop smoking at least six to eight weeks prior to surgery.

How long will I be off of solid foods after surgery?
Most surgeons recommend a period of two weeks or more without solid foods after surgery. A liquid diet, followed by semi-solid foods or pureed foods, may be recommended for a period of time until adequate healing has occurred. Your surgeon will provide you with specific dietary guidelines for the best post-surgical outcome.

Will I be allowed to drink alcohol?
For the first year, it is suggested that you do not consume alcohol. Even the smallest amount will affect you very quickly. Please discuss with your surgeon.

What vitamins will I need to take after surgery?
A daily multivitamin is recommended for the rest of your life. Depending on the type of surgery you have, B12, calcium with vitamin D, iron, and other trace elements may also be needed.

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