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Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Is weight loss surgery cosmetic surgery?

 

A: No, morbid obesity surgery is not considered cosmetic surgery.  All doctors recognise that once a patient's weight exceeds a certain range they are more likely to suffer from a wide range of illnesses.  For more information click here.


Q: Will I feel hungry or deprived with the adjustable gastric band?

A: The gastric band makes you eat less and feel full in two ways – by reducing the capacity of your stomach and increasing the time it takes food to get through the digestive system. After a small meal, the amount of which varies from person to person, you should feel full. If you follow the nutrition guidelines when you choose your food and then chew it well, you should not feel hungry or deprived. Remember that the gastric band is a tool to help you change your eating habits.


Q: What about pregnancy with weight loss surgery?

A: Becoming pregnant can be easier as you lose weight. Your menstrual cycle may become more regular. If you need to eat more while you are pregnant, the band can be loosened. After the pregnancy, the band may be made tighter again, and you can resume losing weight.  Fore more information regarding pregnancy in relation to other procedures, feel free to book a consultation.


Q: Will I need to take vitamin supplements?

A: You may. It’s possible you may not get enough vitamins from three small meals a day.  Each procedure has its own anatomy and each affects your absorbtion in a different way.  At your regular check-ups, your specialist will evaluate whether you are getting enough vitamin B12, folic acid, and iron.


Q: What about other medication?

A: You should be able to take prescribed medication. You may need to use capsules, break big tablets in half or dissolve them in water so they do not get stuck in the stoma and make you sick. You should always ask the doctor who prescribes the drugs about this.


Q: What if I go out to eat?

A: Order only a small amount of food, such as an appetizer. Eat slowly. Finish at the same time as your table companions. You might want to let your host or hostess know in advance that you cannot eat very much.


Q: What about alcohol?

A: Alcohol has a high number of calories. It also breaks down vitamins. An occasional glass of wine or other alcoholic beverage, though, is not considered harmful to weight loss.


Q: Can I eat anything in moderation?

A: After your stomach has healed, you may eat most foods that don’t cause you discomfort. However, because you can only eat a little it is important to include foods full of important Vitamins and nutrients such as those recommended in the nutrition section of this booklet and as advised by your surgeon and/or dietitian. If you eat foods that contain lots of sugar and fat or drink liquids full of “empty” calories, such as milkshakes, the effect of your surgery may be greatly reduced or cancelled.


 

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Email: reception@osb.net.au
www.obesitysurgerybrisbane.com.au

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