What to Expect

Knowing what to expect can take the surprises out of the process and make you feel more comfortable along the way.

At Woman's, we are always focused on what's best for you. Our team of experts helps you through all phases of your weight loss journey – before surgery, during surgery and long after surgery.

We're here to provide guidance, reassurance and comprehensive services to help you reach your goals. Although weight loss surgery has been shown to be an effective approach to weight loss, surgery is only a tool. A successful outcome depends on your commitment to a long-term lifestyle changes.

Weight loss surgery is considered successful when you lose 50 percent of your excess weight. Even though some patients may not reach their "ideal body weight," the physical heath and emotional health benefits are significant.

How much weight can I expect to lose?

Most studies suggest that patients lose about 2/3 to 3/4 of their excess weight over the first two years. Long-term studies have shown that on average, patients keep off at least half of the lost weight over five to 15 years. Most patients regain some weight after the first two years, usually about 10 percent of the lost excess body weight.

What are the benefits of surgical weight loss?

For a person suffering from obesity, the health benefits of losing weight are countless. Not only does the risk of serious disease decline, but in some cases conditions may actually be reversed.

Medical conditions that may be greatly improved after surgery include:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Asthma
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Gastrointestinal esophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Stress urinary incontinence
  • Limited mobility
  • Circulation issues
  • Joint and back pain
  • Arthritic conditions such as osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Hirsutism (excessive or unwanted hair in women)

Weight loss surgery is also strongly associated with increased fertility rates. It's recommended that pregnancy be avoided for one to two years after surgery until your weight is stabilized to ensure proper development of the fetus. Consult your surgeon and obstetrician about pregnancy.

What changes will I need to make after surgery?

To be successful and gain all the health benefits weight loss surgery has to offer, you must make major changes in your life, including a healthy lifestyle, eating habits and regular physical activity.

Your long-term success will be impacted greatly by creating a support system, such as utilizing as a support group. Your efforts and commitment to this lifestyle plays an essential role in your success.