Weight Loss Surgery Questions | BMI Surgery | Birmingham, AL

Weight loss surgery is a big decision that will have a considerable impact on your health. If you are considering bariatric surgery, it’s crucial to learn as much about the topic as you can. At Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery, we get a lot of questions relating to weight loss surgeries, and our qualified team of experts wants to give you peace of mind as you begin your weight loss journey!

We’re always here to answer your questions, and we encourage you to talk to Dr. Long about any concerns you have. Here are some of the most important questions we encourage you to discuss with us.

Does Weight Loss Surgery Actually Work?

The short answer is yes, it does! All bariatric procedures are scientifically designed and proven to help you lose weight. You can start seeing changes in your weight as soon as a few weeks after the procedure, depending on which surgery you’ve had. At BMI Surgery, our team will be with you before, during, and after, to help with recovery and ensure your weight loss goals are met.

Of course, it’s important to know that you will have to make some lifestyle changes to encourage and maintain your results. Dr. Long will talk to you about the specific choices you’ll need to consider pre- and post-surgery to make sure you can make the most of your decision and your health!

What Types Of Bariatric Surgery Can I Choose From?

At Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery, we have many options for weight loss surgery, including:

Each one works in a different way to help you lose weight. While they differ in how they are performed, all weight loss surgery focuses on the stomach and digestive system. Since they are surgically different, each bariatric surgery option will have different recovery times and treatment plans after the surgery is complete.

It’s important to be honest about your goals, lifestyle, preferences, and medical history so that Dr. Long can recommend the best options for your situation. We want to make sure you understand all your options fully before you make a decision.

Is All Weight Loss Surgery Invasive?

All of the traditional methods for weight loss surgery are invasive and will require a degree of recovery time after the procedure. However, Dr. Long strives to be as minimally invasive as possible and is fellowship-trained in Minimally Invasive & Bariatric Surgery Certified by the American Board of Surgery.

That said, modern technology has given us non-invasive weight loss procedures as well—such as CoolSculpting. This option utilizes special technology to freeze fat cells and remove them from the body. While CoolSculpting is not considered bariatric surgery, it can be a great alternative to liposuction for those who aren’t interested in a surgical route.

How Long Does Recovery Take After Weight Loss Surgery?

Recovery time largely depends on the individual and the type of surgery you’ve undergone. Typically, it takes around a week for patients to return to work and light activities following surgery. Still, full recovery isn’t expected until up to eight weeks.

Make sure you understand your individual recovery plan so that you can plan accordingly. Preparation may involve taking time of work, arranging for someone to be with you to assist in your recovery, and stocking up on essential items for your home and health.

Is Weight Loss Surgery An Alternative To Exercise & Healthy Eating?

No, definitely not. You should never consider bariatric surgery as a shortcut to achieving your weight loss goals. It is a significant step that can help you lose more weight, but it isn’t a replacement for eating healthily and exercising regularly. When you have recovered from the surgery, it is vital that you maintain a regular exercise routine to prevent lean muscle loss and to keep your body in a healthy state. Exercise can correspondingly work alongside the surgery to speed up the weight loss process.

Am I A Candidate For Surgery?

A multitude of different people can be candidates for bariatric surgery. Generally, if you have struggled to lose a large amount of weight in the past, this can be a good first step to help you jumpstart the process. Likewise, it is extremely useful in very heavy patients with extreme health risks. Weight loss surgery is sometimes necessary to help patients drop some extra pounds to be at a safer weight for exercising.

During your consultation, Dr. Long will take a comprehensive look at your health, goals, and medical history. If you have any concerns about a procedure, or are seeking non-surgical alternatives, don’t be shy! You should always ask any questions you may have.

More Questions? Schedule a Consultation!

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to choosing the right weight loss procedure for you. While we strive to provide as much information as possible, we understand that you’re sure to have more curiosities, concerns, and avenues to explore. Please don’t hesitate to bring a list of questions to your appointment or get in touch with us any time to discuss an issue.

Minimally Invasive Weight Loss Surgery in Birmingham, AL

Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Long and the team at BMI Surgery provide answers to all your questions! We specialize in all types of bariatric surgery and will be with you every step of the way. Call us today at 205-850-1973 or contact us online to get started on your weight loss journey.