Paradise Valley Hospital’s comprehensive weight-loss program offers surgical weight loss options for a healthier lifestyle. For people suffering from obesity with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or greater, surgical weight loss may be the best possible option. Our goal at Paradise Valley Hospital is to promote significant and lasting weight loss, a healthier, more active lifestyle and a fuller, more enjoyable quality of life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Diet and Exercise

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  • What is “dumping syndrome” – and why should I avoid it by avoiding sugars and other foods that contain small particles?

  • Should I be sure to take iron supplements?

  • Should I take calcium supplements?

  • Should I drink alcohol after the surgery?

  • How about spicy or heavily seasoned foods?

  • Will I need to watch my intake of salt?

  • I know I should be sure to eat enough protein. How much is right?

  • I’ve been told that I shouldn’t consume much “red meat” after surgery. Why not?

  • Should I avoid “snacks” between meals?

  • How about milk products? Are they a potential problem?

  • How soon should I begin taking vitamins after the surgery?

  • Why do I need to drink large volumes of water?

  • What are the best sources of protein?

  • How long will I have to forego solid foods after gastric bypass surgery?

Pre-Operative Process

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  • Why does it take so long to get insurance approval?

  • What are the routine tests before surgery?

  • What is the purpose of all the tests?

  • Why do I have to have a GI Evaluation?

  • Why do I have to have a Sleep Study?

  • Why do I have to have a Psychiatric Evaluation?

  • What impact do my medical problems have on the decision for surgery, and how do the medical problems affect risk?

  • If I want to undergo a gastric bypass or Lap Band surgery, how long do I have to wait?

  • What can I do before the appointment to speed up the process of getting ready for surgery?

Post-Operative Care

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  • When can I return to work?

  • When can I start working out or do heavy lifting?

  • When can I drive?

  • When can I shower or take a bath?

  • What do I do if I develop a fever?

  • What do I do if one of my incision sites looks red and becomes painful to the touch?

  • Will I run out of pain medications at home?

  • Is it true that my bowel movements and flatus will have a different smell?

  • How long will it be before I pass flatus (gas) or have a bowel movement after surgery?

  • Will I feel bloated after my surgery?

  • Will I get a copy of suggested eating patterns and food choices after surgery?

  • Do I meet with a nutritionist before and after surgery?

  • What is phlebitis and is it preventable?

  • Is blood transfusion required?

  • What is a hernia and what is the probability of an abdominal hernia after surgery?

  • Will I have to change my medications?

  • What if I am really hungry?

  • Will I be miserably hungry after weight loss surgery since I’m not eating much?

  • Will exercise help with excess hanging skin?

  • What can I do to prevent lots of excess hanging skin?

  • How can I know that I won’t just keep losing weight until I waste away to nothing?

  • Is sexual activity restricted?

  • Will I be able to take oral contraception after surgery?

  • Is there any difficulty in taking medications?

  • What if I’m not hungry after surgery?

  • What will the staples do inside my abdomen? Is it okay in the future to have an MRI test? Will I set off metal detectors in airports?

  • Can I get pregnant after weight loss surgery?

  • What is done to minimize the risk of deep vein thrombosis/pulmonary embolism or DVT/PE?

  • How soon can I drive?

  • How soon will I be able to walk?

  • Will the doctor leave a drain in after surgery?

  • How long do I have to stay in the hospital?

  • Will I have a lot of pain?

Bariatric surgery is designed for those with a body mass index equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities.

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