Gastric Bypass Surgery Recovery and Postoperative FAQs

Gastric Bypass Surgery Recovery and Postoperative FAQs

Are the Results of a Gastric Bypass Permanent?

How long the results of your gastric bypass last will depend on the effort you are willing to put in to maintaining a healthy lifestyle after the surgery. A healthy diet and regular exercise are important to encourage and maintain weight loss. However, in theory, if you stick to this then the results can be permanent.

Will I Have Excess Skin After My Gastric Bypass Weight Loss?

After considerable weight loss, some skin sagging is inevitable. The extent of this is dependent on how much weight you lose, your age and your skin elasticity. Of course, everyone is different. Some people are not bothered by a little excess skin, while others may choose to opt for a further surgical procedure to remove this. If you have any concerns or further questions about the possibility of excess skin after weight loss, your surgeon will be able to give you more information.

What Effects Do Smoking/Alcohol/Drugs Have on Gastric Bypass Surgery?

The risks of complications from gastric bypass surgery increase greatly if you smoke, drink alcohol or use recreational drugs. In particular, smoking will increase your risk of infection and delay the time it takes for your wounds to heal. Consequently, we strongly advise that you stop smoking for at least 6 weeks to 3 months before and after surgery to reduce the risk of complications. We also stress the importance of following your surgeon’s advice regarding smoking and the use of alcohol and recreational drugs.

Published: Tuesday, 9 February 2021

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