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Surgical Weight Loss FAQ

How do I qualify for weight loss surgery?

Individuals need a BMI or 40 or greater, or a BMI of 35 or greater with severe obesity-related co-morbidities (such as type 2 diabetes).

Will I need to eat a specific diet after surgery?

You will be on a clear liquid diet for one week after surgery. Your diet texture will gradually progress from pureed to soft over the next month and finally to regular foods at about six weeks after surgery. Once you progress to the regular diet, we recommend protein and fiber foods at every meal. Other nutrition recommendations will be discussed during your dietitian visits.

How soon after my first appointment will I have surgery?

The process usually takes six months from your first visit. During this time, you will complete a psychological assessment, meet with a bariatric dietitian, and complete other insurance requirements.

After surgery, when do I follow-up with the Bariatric Center provider(s)?

You will have office visits at 1 week, 4 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months, and yearly.

Will I have pain after surgery?

Mild discomfort at the incision sites is common. Pain medications will be prescribed to help with discomfort.

Can I regain weight after surgery?

It is possible to regain weight after all weight loss surgeries. The chance of weight regain is greatly reduced if a complete lifestyle change is embraced, including a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Will I have to change my medications?

Many conditions improve or resolve after weight loss surgery. These conditions include hypertension, type 2 diabetes, etc. It is possible for your medications to be decreased or discontinued.

Can I get pregnant after weight loss surgery?

It is recommended that women wait at least 18-24 months after surgery before becoming pregnant. Your weight and nutrition status will likely be stable at this point. Fertility may increase with weight loss. Please talk with your primary care provider about birth control.

Will I be able to drink alcohol after surgery?

After undergoing weight loss surgery, you will find that even small amounts of alcohol will affect you quickly. Alcohol is a high-calorie beverage that should be regarded as a dessert and consumed infrequently or not at all.


Medical Weight Loss FAQ

What is the difference between the VLCP, LCP and Whole Foods meal plans?

VLCP (Very Low Calorie Plan)

The VLCP is a very low calorie meal plan averaging about 800 calories per day. A typical VLCP meal plan may include 3-5 meal replacements and no regular meals. It has an average weight loss of 3-5 pounds per week.

LCP (Low Calorie Plan)

The LCP is a low calorie plan ranging from 900-1200 calories per day. A typical LCP meal plan may include 2-3 meal replacements with a mixture of regular meals. It has an average weight loss of 2-3 pounds per week.

Whole Foods

The Whole Foods meal plan consists of regular meals without use of any meal replacement products. It has an average weight loss of 0.5-1 pounds per week.

How long will I be in the reducing phase?

The amount of time spent in the reducing phase will vary for every patient. It all depends on a variety of factors including:

  • How much weight you want to lose
  • Which meal plan you are following
  • How much physical activity you are doing
  • How fast you are losing weight

The typical time frame for 40 pounds of weight loss, whole on a VLCP or LCP meal plan is 12-20 weeks in the reducing phase.

What do I do if I want to change my meal plan?

If you want to change or modify your meal plan, it's important to make sure you meet with a dietitian. Please notify your Bariatric Center nurse or provider so they can set up the proper appointments to change your meal plan.

I'm on the VLCP meal plan, can I eat food or add vegetables to my soups?

No. The VLCP is a meal plan consisting of all meal replacements. This means that even eating fruits and vegetables is not recommended. The extra carbohydrates in foods can affect your weight loss progress.

Is everyone my weekly classes following the same meal plan I am on?

No. Everyone enrolled in the medical weight loss program has the option to go to any available class times.

I like the action of eating, how am I going to follow a primarily liquid diet if I don't like the meal replacements?

There are recipes you can make using the meal replacement products. A selection of recipes is listed in your binder. Please note that some recipes may add extra carbohydrates to your meal plan.

You can also play with the flavor of the meal replacements by adding Crystal Light© packets to the beverages or spices to the soups. Review your binder for a list of acceptable beverages and spices you can use. Ask your classmates if they have any suggestions about how they like to prepare their meal replacements.

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