Frequently Asked Questions about Weight Loss Surgery

Our Bariatric & Metabolic Institute Support Group meets regularly and provides an opportunity for weight loss surgery patients to ask our bariatric surgery specialists questions about their procedure and share their experience with other bariatric surgery patients.

About 3 months after my surgery I noticed that my hair was starting to fall out! Is this normal?

It IS normal. Significant hair loss may occur between 3 to 5 months after surgery. This hair loss is the body’s natural response to the decreased intake of calories and protein. Usually you will notice that your hair has become fuller and healthier around 18 to 24 months after surgery. Biotin and certain shampoos may help decrease hair loss.

How much protein should I be eating daily 3, 6, 9 and 12 months after surgery?

The first few weeks after surgery, you should strive to consume at least 40 grams of protein daily, working up to 60 to 100 grams daily by week six. Protein is essential to quicker healing and maintenance of body and muscle tissue.

Equally critical to your new diet is adequate fluid intake. You should slowly sip fluid throughout the day, starting with a goal of at least 40 ounces daily the first few days after surgery and working up to at least 64 ounces of fluid by week six.

What vitamins should I be taking as I start to make changes/advancements in my diet?

Due to the decrease in the amount of food you are eating and your new body’s changing ability to absorb nutrients from that food, vitamin and mineral supplementation is crucial. Your surgeon and/or registered dietitian can give you the best advice concerning vitamin and mineral supplementation and you should closely follow their directives.

How can I get the recommended amount of protein in my diet? I’ve tried many supplements that I liked at first, but soon get to where I just can’t stand the taste anymore

There are many powdered protein supplements available. You can do an Internet search for ideas or try health food stores. There are also flavor-free supplements that can be added to the beverage of your choice and you will not taste the powdered protein.

How can I keep myself busy and keep my mind off food and eating?

Go for a walk, try a new form of exercise, read a book, play video games with the kids or start a new hobby!

Does insurance cover body contouring?

Typically, insurance coverage for body contouring procedures is very poor. Occasionally, certain procedures are covered, so check with your insurance provider if that is something you are considering.

What types of procedures are done after weight loss surgery?

There are many types of body contouring procedures available. Your surgeon can discuss options with you, taking into account your preferences. Body contouring procedures are very individualized.

How soon after weight loss can body contouring be done?

Surgery is typically done after the patient has lost all of the weight they want to lose and have stabilized at that weight for at least six months.

Will I have to stay in the hospital after my body contouring surgery?

Ninety-Five percent of body contouring procedures are done on an out-patient basis.