Five Fast Facts

Do most people who have bariatric surgery regain their weight?

Patients may regain some of the weight lost after surgery. But most patients, given nutritional and behavioral help, maintain successful weight-loss long-term.

Is bariatric surgery an “easy way out”?

Bariatric surgery is absolutely not the “easy way out”. Many morbidly obese individuals have tried many times to follow diet and exercise plans only to learn that it’s easy to lose 10 to 20 lbs. but keeping it off is more difficult.

Will I ever be able to drink coffee, tea or alcohol again, after bariatric surgery?

Unless your bariatric doctor recommends that you don’t drink coffee, tea, or alcohol for other health reasons, there is no reason you shouldn’t be able to drink those beverages after bariatric surgery. However, we advise all patients to avoid all alcoholic beverages during the period of rapid weight loss.

Will I have to take vitamins and minerals after bariatric surgery?

Yes, a multivitamin will be needed. You may also need higher doses of certain vitamins or minerals, such as iron, calcium, and vitamin D. 

Do I need to lose weight before bariatric surgery?

Yes. Patients are required to maintain a customized diet to start the weight loss process to understand their relationship with food. Preoperative weight loss can help shrink your liver and reduce fat in the abdomen to lower your risk during bariatric surgery. Some insurance companies may require weight loss up to six months before surgery in order to qualify for bariatric surgery.