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Weight Loss Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

Bariatric (weight loss) surgery can be an effective means of overcoming morbid obesity. Dr. Frank Veninga answers frequently asked questions about weight loss surgery for residents from Dallas and surrounding communities. Candidates should carefully consider all aspects of bariatric procedures before going forward with the surgery because it requires a full commitment to lifestyle changes that include healthy eating habits and regular exercise. Weight loss surgery is a specialty of Dr. Veninga, and he is a firm believer in providing his patients with complete information about weight loss surgery so that they can make educated decisions. He makes sure that his patients have no surprises before, during, or after their surgery. Dr. Veninga has provided on this page answers to questions frequently asked by weight loss surgery candidates. Dallas, Plano, and Lewisville residents can schedule a private consultation with Dr. Veninga to get answers to the questions they have about their specific case.

Is obesity really a threat to my health?

Absolutely YES! Studies have shown that morbid obesity poses a great health risk. Obesity threatens psychological health as well as physical health, and it significantly increases the risk of early death. Morbid obesity has been positively linked to:

  • degenerative joint disease
  • hypertension
  • adult-onset type 2 diabetes
  • sleep apnea
  • asthma
  • dyslipidemia – elevated levels of blood lipids that are a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease
  • GERD – gastro-esophageal reflux disease
  • heart disease
  • depression
  • menstrual irregularities
  • polycystic ovarian disease
  • various cancers

Who is a candidate for weight loss surgery?

If you are 18 year old or older, are willing to make significant changes to your lifestyle, and have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40, you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery. Dallas, Plano, and Lewisville residents who have BMI of 35 to 40 and at least one of five co-morbid conditions may also be eligible for the surgery. 

Is weight loss surgery safe?

All major surgical procedures have associated risks and complications, including death. Dr. Veninga specializes in laparoscopic surgery, the least invasive method of bariatric surgery. Laparoscopic procedures have fewer chances of complications, minimal scarring, less discomfort, and quicker recovery than gastric bypass surgery and some other weight loss procedures.

What does "laparoscopic" mean?

The term laparoscopic means that Dr. Veninga uses a small camera called a laparoscope to view the body's inner structures when he performs certain surgical procedures. The procedure only requires four to five ¼" to ½" incisions to the abdomen to accommodate the laparoscope and specialized surgical instruments.

What will I eat after my weight loss surgery?

In the first few two weeks after your surgery, you will be on a high-protein liquid diet. Subsequent to that, for two to four weeks, you'll eat finely chopped foods that can be prepared with a food processor. After that, you can start eating solid foods in small, high protein meals. More information is available on our Patient Information page, and we will give you specific guidelines to follow as part of your post-surgery nutrition counseling.

How much weight will I lose?

Weight loss results vary after weight loss surgery, but our Dallas, Lewisville, and Plano patients typically lose about one to two pounds every week. On average, gastric sleeve patients lose 60 percent of their excess weight. Of course, losing the weight and keeping it off requires your dedicated commitment to radically changing your eating habits and lifestyle permanently. See our Patient Tips page for guidelines to successfully maintaining weight loss.

Are your patients generally pleased with their weight loss surgery?

Yes. Our patients usually praise their weight loss surgery for significantly improving their lives. Our patients experience improved health, greatly enhanced self-esteem and confidence, and the joy of participation in social and recreational activities. We invite you to visit our video page to see firsthand what some of our patients have to say about their results and life after weight loss surgery.

Will my insurance cover my weight loss surgery?

It may. We accept a variety of insurance plans. Our staff can help you determine if your insurance will cover all or part of your surgery. If you are not fully covered, or if you don't have insurance, we can help you arrange financing through established health care lending institutions.

Learn More 

Dr. Veninga and his staff are committed to providing patients with complete information so that they fully understand their surgery and can make informed decisions. You can also learn more about bariatric surgery at our Pre-Op Informational Lectures. Contact us for dates, times, and locations. We can inform you about a variety of fun and interesting events and provides information about our support group meetings, which are open bariatric surgery patients from any program.

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