Frequently asked questions about weight loss surgery

I am a candidate, can I have surgery?

In general, one of the parameters to define whether or not a patient can benefit from bariatric surgery is to determine your Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is an indicator that relates your weight and height.

The value resulting from this operation determines the degree of obesity and even gives information to decide which type of surgery is the most convenient.

If when calculating the BMI the value is greater than or equal to 30 you may be a beneficiary of a bariatric procedure for the long term solution of your obesity. Calculate your BMI

However, it is a requirement to be evaluated by Dr. Acuña to assess other factors to determine the feasibility of performing the surgery.

What type of surgery should I have?

The selection of the appropriate surgical technique depends on several factors including your weight to height ratio, the associated health conditions you have and the type of diet you are accustomed to eating.

Between the patient and the surgeon, the most convenient surgery is chosen that will safely lead you to improve your quality of life while losing many kilos.

Can I gain weight again after bariatric surgery?

If you lead a life with healthy habits, a good diet, physical activity and follow the instructions of the multidisciplinary team led by Dr. Javier Acuña, it is unlikely that you will gain weight again.
Bariatric surgeries are not magic, it is the beginning of the way, however, maintaining the result depends on the patient in the medium and long term.

How much does bariatric surgery cost?

The procedure to be performed depends on several personal factors that indicate to the surgeon the type of surgery to be performed and therefore its value. Compared to other countries and cities, Cartagena offers a very competitive value for bariatric surgery, not only because of its hospital capacity but also because of the costs of transportation, lodging and services for the patient's companions.

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Is the gastric sleeve cheaper?

If your doubts are regarding the cost of the sleeve or gastric sleeve compared to the cost of bariatric surgery, they are very similar. Keep in mind that the choice of the type of surgery depends on medical considerations for each individual patient.

Why should I have surgery in Cartagena?

Cartagena is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it has hospital centers with the latest technology to perform bariatric surgery and their prices are much cheaper than in other parts of the world.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to enjoy one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Is surgery for obesity risky?

All surgeries have risks, however, these are minimized if you choose a suitable surgeon, a medical center that meets all quality and safety standards and you strictly follow the indications defined by the surgeon and his multidisciplinary team.

In the case of obesity, the risks of obesity in disease are always much higher than the practice of surgery itself. The latter due to the relationship of obesity as a precursor disease of other pathologies such as cancer, hypertension, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, among others.

How long does bariatric surgery last?

The surgery may last about 60 to 80 minutes. After surgery, the patient must remain hospitalized for 24 hours.

How long do the effects of obesity surgery last?

Worldwide medical studies and the experience of thousands of patients show that the effects of bariatric surgery are very long lasting and can even last a lifetime. Of course, it all depends on the patient maintaining healthy lifestyle habits.

How long should I rest after bariatric surgery?

Once you have undergone bariatric surgery, you can start walking from the second day after surgery and you can do your normal activities at home. It is important that you follow the post-surgical diet in an adequate manner and do not exert yourself too much during the first 10 days.

When can I start working after obesity surgery?

Recovery depends on each patient, work activities can start 10 days after the procedure, always taking into account the type of work activity.

In any case, it is mandatory to follow the postoperative diet.

Labor reinsertion is one of the issues that must be defined by Doctor Javier Acuña in the medical consultation.

If I do not live in Cartagena, how long should I stay in the city after the surgery?

You must remain in Cartagena for at least 5 days after surgery. Once evaluated by Dr. Acuña on day 5 of your post-surgery, he will define the endorsement for you to return to your city of origin.

Can I consume liquor after obesity surgery?

It is possible to consume liquor in moderation on special dates; it is all about living well, leading a healthy lifestyle.

All liquors in general are high-caloric and inflammatory beverages. For this reason, frequent ingestion of it will lead to rapid weight gain.

Can I have children after bariatric surgery?

Yes you can have children after surgery for obesity.

Women who undergo bariatric surgery only have to wait 18 months after the surgical procedure.

It is important to maintain healthy lifestyle habits before, during and after pregnancy.

When can I exercise after weight loss surgery?

Physical activity is a fundamental factor in achieving the goal of establishing healthy lifestyle habits, therefore, it is essential to incorporate an exercise routine at least 5 days a week.

You will be able to start these activities the month following the procedure to be tolerated. Our physical conditioner will define the parameters to incorporate it gradually and safely.

Can my hair fall out due to bariatric surgery?

There is a passing period of hair loss, which fortunately is transitory and ceases around the seventh month after surgery, at which time new hair begins to grow. Additionally, there are medications, such as biotin, that you can take to help minimize hair loss.

I suffer from diabetes, is bariatric surgery advisable for me?

Type II diabetes mellitus is a disease highly associated with obesity. In many cases bariatric surgery is the best alternative.

From when can I have sexual intercourse after bariatric surgery?

Generally, fifteen days after your surgery, you will be able to have sexual intercourse.

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