Choosing to get bariatric surgery is an important decision. You should know what to expect and how to prepare for your weight-loss journey. Before your first consultation with our clinical care team, please review our frequently asked questions. We provide you with answers about the types of bariatric surgery, dietary guidelines, recovery and more.
Will I lose my strength after bariatric surgery? Is there anything I can do to prevent this?
It is common to lose muscle after weight-loss surgery. But a resistance training program can help you maintain strength. We provide basic information on strength training you can do at home with little to no equipment. Attend an exercise class or talk with our fitness instructors to help find the right program for you.
I am afraid to fall into old eating habits after bariatric surgery. How can I prevent this?
Working with our care team can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and manage your weight. You can make free appointments with a registered dietitian indefinitely after surgery. Regular meetings or phone consultation can help you stay on track.
How can I follow my meal plan and stay physically active, when my family isn’t supportive?
Support groups are a great way to get the help you need. Our care team and group members will encourage you every step of the way. Your adult family members are welcome to attend. Bi-weekly exercise class is a great way to meet new people and get a great workout.
I’m worried about having loose skin after surgery. How do people deal with this?
Factors such as age, amount of weight loss, smoking history, sun damage and genetics influence how much excess skin you will have after surgery. The only proven approach to get rid of sagging skin is plastic surgery. This is costly and often not covered by insurance. If you want your loose skin removed, or help coping with negative thinking about your body, the team at Ascension St. Vincent can provide you with resources.
I struggle with depression and emotional eating. I am looking for a therapist that understands bariatric surgery and can help me. What is your advice?
We have worked with many therapists that help people with mental and emotional health concerns. Our care team can provide you with a list of therapists who are familiar with bariatric patients’ unique needs. Please check to make sure your insurance covers therapy.