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Bariatric Surgery Frequently Asked Questions


How do I know which surgery is right for me?

You can register to attend one of our informational meetings. You will get a chance to meet the surgical team, learn about the different types of surgery, including the benefits and risks of all surgeries. You need to pre-register to attend by calling (603) 695-2628.

Once you have made the decision to go forward with bariatric surgery, choosing which procedure is best for you can be challenging. Ultimately we like you to decide which procedure is best. You are the expert on you and know what will work best for your lifestyle.

  • Both procedures improve Type 2 diabetes.
  • For patients with heartburn, gastric bypass is the only procedure that will cure or significantly improve severe heartburn. Sleeve gastrectomy may make it worse.

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Will my insurance cover the surgery?

Many insurance companies cover surgery; however, there are specific coverage criteria that you will want to be aware of as you begin your preparation. Call your insurance company to verify your benefits. 

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Can I swallow pills after surgery?

You will need to crush large pills or take medications in a liquid form for two weeks. Smaller pills do not need to be crushed. After two weeks, you can swallow your pills as usual.

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Will I need to take vitamins after surgery?

Yes, you will require lifelong vitamin supplementation following bariatric surgery.

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Do I need to take any other special medications after surgery?

If you still have your gallbladder, you will need to take Ursodiol. Take Ursodiol 300 mg twice daily beginning two weeks after surgery, and take for six months after surgery.

You will need to take an acid suppressant twice a day for the two months following your procedure to prevent ulcers from forming (unless you are already taking a medicine to prevent ulcers).

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Are there medications that I should avoid after surgery?

Do not take anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), Excedrin, aspirin or aspirin-containing products.

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Can I get pregnant after bariatric surgery?

Yes. We do recommend that you wait 12-18 months after gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy.

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What do I do about sagging skin?

Video: Body contouring after weight loss

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