Thinking about surgery FAQ’s


– Will I be in a lot of pain?

 Everybody is different – some find they have hardly any pain and others do find it painful. You should expect some discomfort though but you can take soluble painkillers to help. It is common to have wind pain – usually in your left shoulder – Gripe water, Windeze or peppermint tea can help.


– Will the scars be noticeable?

 Initially they will be but in time they should fade a lot - scars will differ from person to person also


– Will I have to stay in hospital?

 This depends on your Bariatric provider and where you live in relation to the hospital but realistically you should expect to stay overnight in hospital.


– Do I have to tell people I have had WLS?

 No you don’t have to tell anyone if you don’t want to. Your partner will probably see the scars though so that could be more difficult to keep secret however other operations have similar scars. Once everything has settle post op you will be eating a lot less and really have to take your time when eating so you may have to have different excuses ready to explain this if you are out for a meal for example e.g. You’re not really hungry or you’re not keen on the meal or you are cutting down to lose weight.


– Surgery is cheaper abroad but is it just as safe?

 Research the clinic thoroughly – check the surgeon is reputable, ask to speak to satisfied customers, check online reviews, check the aftercare package ( if any) you will receive and check the aftercare is in the UK – Here at BandBoozled we wouldn’t advise you going ahead without a comprehensive aftercare package – and off course we are here to help support you afterwards as well.


– Am I going to be left with a lot of loose skin?

 Weight loss with the band is usually more slower than your other WL surgeries like bypass or sleeve – Normally the slower the weight loss the less likely you are to have loose skin.  This is a hard one to call and will vary from person to person also, depending on the amount of weight you have to lose.  You will be advised to tone with exercise throughout your journey.


– Can I still exercise after surgery?

 Yes you can exercise as normal – just nothing too strenuous for the first 6 weeks after surgery. Exercise is encouraged to help with the weight loss.


Q - Do I need to take vitamins?

A - Yes – Always follow your providers advice on supplements but yes you will be required to take supplements after your surgery. With a band it is usually just a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement but with a bypass and sleeve there are additional supplements you will need to take


Q - Can I swallow my tablets ok?

A - Initially after surgery tablets could get stuck because there is likely to be swelling around the stomach or site of the Band – crushable, chewable or liquid medications would usually be recommended for this reason. Follow your own providers guidelines about when you can re – start solid tablets – it is usually when you can manage a normal diet

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