Bariatric Surgery FAQ

Frequently asked questions

What is a Gastric Sleeve?

During a sleeve gastrectomy, your surgeon will remove 75 – 85% of your stomach, which is called a gastric sleeve and will resemble the shape of a banana.

What Can You Expect After a Gastric Sleeve?

Your stomach is smaller and can only hold a small amount of food. You will find that you will feel full much quicker when you eat. You will also likely have some belly pain and may need pain medicine the first-week post-op. You might have some soreness from the incisions your surgeon made. It’s important to realize a sleeve gastrectomy is a method to help you lose weight but you still need to eat healthily and get plenty of exercise and sleep.

What is Gastric Bypass?

Gastric bypass is a surgery that helps you lose weight by changing how your stomach and small intestine handle the food you consume. This procedure involves the reconstruction of your GI tract and the division of your small intestine in order to permit drainage of the stomach. After your surgery, the food you eat will no longer go into some parts of your stomach and small intestine that absorbs food. Your stomach is around the size of a golf ball and is only able to handle 1 – 2 tablespoons of food. What if you get to your ideal weight and you decide you want to reverse your gastric. bypass? That’s completely fine as gastric bypass is reversible whereas a gastric sleeve is not.

What Actually Occurs in a Gastric Bypass?

Gastric bypass surgery refers to a technique where the stomach is divided into a small upper pouch and a much larger lower remnant pouch and then the small intestine is rearranged to connect to both.

Are You a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

Well, only you and your bariatric surgeon can determine which bariatric surgery (if any) is right for you. According to the National Institutes of Health overweight and obesity are risk factors for many health problems including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, joint problems, gallstones, among other problems. For instance, anyone weighing 20 percent or more than his or her ideal body weight is likely obese. Other ways to predict candidacy for bariatric surgery is if your BMI (body mass index) is 40 or greater then you may want to consider a gastric sleeve, a gastric bypass, or a duodenal switch. You may also qualify for bariatric surgery if your BMI is at 35 with other obesity-related health issues like diabetes, heart disease, or hypertension. Extra weight or obesity can result in major health risks, many of them are life-threatening so it’s important to your future health if you discuss your options with a bariatric surgeon. Let’s take a closer look at the associated health risks if you’re obese but are on the fence regarding having bariatric surgery. These risks include type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, acid reflux /GERD and cancer. Some of these conditions take years to develop. So many morbidly obese individuals may have one or more of these life-shortening diseases without ever knowing it.

What is a Duodenal Switch?

A duodenal switch can help you lose more weight than either a gastric sleeve or a gastric bypass. This procedure is recommended for anyone who is considered extremely obese. Having a duodenal switch has been shown to reduce obesity and its associated life-threatening diseases.

Risks with Bariatric Surgery:

There are risks with all surgeries including bariatric surgery. Some post-op complications include dumping syndrome, dehydration, and nutrient deficiencies. All these complications can be avoided if you follow the correct diet and take the suggested vitamins and minerals necessary post-op. This is a lifelong regimen you should follow to enjoy a healthy future.

How Much Weight Will You Lose?

  • Gastric sleeve: Most post-op patients lose 60% of their excess body weight after 12 to 18 months
  • Gastric bypass: Most post-op patients lose 70 – 80% of excess weight within 18 months. Average weekly weight loss is 5 – 15 pounds the first few months
  • Duodenal Switch Most post-op patients lose 85 – 100% of excess weight, meaning a possible loss of 150 pounds or more.

Can You Apply for Financing?

Absolutely! It’s comforting to know that besides relying on your credit cards you can apply for CareCredit to finance your weight loss surgery. Bariatric surgery can enhance your health and quality of life. Paying for your weight loss surgery has never been so easy as swiping your new CareCredit healthcare credit card. Just ask the front desk staff about financing options once you schedule an appointment.

Why NOVA Bariatrics?

Dr. Alibhai and the team at NOVA Bariatrics will listen to your weight loss goals and discuss bariatric procedures that are right for you. They rely on their experience and expertise to help you achieve major weight loss when diet and exercise have let you down. It’s times like this when bariatric surgery is your best option to lose the maximum amount of weight.

Our bariatric surgery team at NOVA Bariatrics works with you to develop the best plan to achieve your desired weight loss and body contouring goals.

As a general surgeon in Texas, Dr. Alibhai performs a range of surgeries and procedures typically focusing on areas and organs near your abdomen and its related organs. Dr. Alibhai may use invasive or minimally-invasive surgical or robotic techniques, with the latter limiting your recovery time and stress on your body.

Here’s a list of surgical procedures available at Nova Bariatrics:

  • Obalon Balloon System
  • Medical Weight Loss
  • Acid Reflux
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Abdominal Wall Hernia
  • Gallbladder
  • Endoscopic Incisional Surgery
  • Gastric Sleeve
  • Gastric Bypass
  • Duodenal Switch
  • Sadi Procedure
  • Robotic Surgery

Why Bariatric Results Will Amaze You

Losing an excessive amount of weight after having a gastric sleeve, gastric bypass or duodenal switch can restore your health and fitness while significantly improving your appearance, self-confidence, and mental health. Hundreds of patients dealing with mild to morbid obesity visit NOVA Bariatrics in Irving and Arlington every year to undergo bariatric surgery. We encourage you to visit our website and book an appointment with Dr. Alibhai today to kickstart your weight loss journey at our convenient office in Irving, TX, and Arlington, TX.