What to Expect

The decision to undergo weight loss surgery is life changing. At Emerson Health’s Center for Weight Loss, we are committed to your success—which starts with you knowing exactly what to expect. Here is an overview:
Free Info Session

Our comprehensive program begins with a free virtual information session where you will learn about the different weight loss surgery options available to you.

Your Initial Consultation

At the initial consultation appointment, our team of specialists will assess if weight loss surgery is right for you. If the answer is yes, we will guide you through choosing the most appropriate surgical option. Then we will schedule your pre-surgery appointments and ensure you meet any other insurance requirements.

Before Surgery

A few days before surgery, you will meet with your surgical team to review the procedure and learn what to expect during your hospital stay and the weeks after surgery. Our staff will also discuss any questions or concerns you or your family may have. In addition, you will have a preoperative appointment with our anesthesia staff to evaluate any anesthesia concerns.

On the Day of Surgery

On the day of your surgery, your surgeon will meet with you, ensure you are comfortable, walk you through the procedure and answer any questions. Emerson’s bariatric surgeons use a laparoscopic approach. This method results in faster recovery, less pain, and less scarring.

You can expect to spend one to two nights in the hospital at Emerson, depending on your procedure type. Our entire team, including the anesthesiologist and surgical staff who are with you in the operating room, and the nurses who care for you while you recover in the hospital after surgery, are trained and experienced caring for patients who have bariatric surgery.

Your Recovery

Recovery varies depending on each individual and which procedure is performed. Most patients resume normal activities two to three weeks after surgery. Light exercise, such as walking, is encouraged three to four weeks following your procedure, limited only if you experience discomfort.

You should not lift anything over ten pounds for the first six weeks after surgery. Full recovery is expected between three to six weeks.

Continued Support for Ongoing Success

Emerson’s Center for Weight Loss is with you before, during, and long after your surgery. One of the hallmarks of successful bariatric care is to support patients throughout their life.

Emerson’s team sees patients regularly to ensure their continued success. If a patient hits a lull at any point after surgery, our team is here for support.

"We are with you on your journey to better health"

Our team is here to help you lose weight for a healthy lifetime. Take the first step to life-changing weight loss by accessing our free information session.

Qualifying for Surgery

Qualifications for weight-loss surgery is based on national guidelines from the National Institute of Health and American College of Surgeons. To qualify, an individual must possess BMI and *PLUS weight-related comorbidity:

The First Step:
Information Session

The first step to achieving your weight-loss goals is to register for a free information session. Emerson Health’s bariatric surgeons and Center for Weight Loss team members provide an overview of the surgical weight loss program, including a description of the surgical weight loss procedure options available, how they work, and their risks and benefits.

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