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Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Weight Loss Surgery

What You Need to Know from Your Physician


Updated February 15, 2014

Choosing to have weight loss surgery (WLS) is an important, complicated decision. You will need to have frank discussions with the physicians involved in your care in addition to doing your own research. Print out this checklist to take with you on your next doctor's appointment to cover some preliminary questions about WLS.

Am I a candidate for weight loss surgery?

Which weight loss surgery is right for me?

What are the specific risks of this weight loss surgery?

What kind of medical tests will I need before surgery?

How long will my hospital stay be?

How long does recovery generally take?

How soon can I expect to start losing weight?

What will my diet be like following surgery?

What are possible complications following this surgery?

Is this procedure adjustable or reversible?

Approximately how long will it take me to reach my healthy weight range?

Will this surgery affect my ability to become pregnant?

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