12 Questions to Ask Before Bariatric Surgery

Dorothy Ann bariatric surgery patient

Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, is a powerful tool that is proven to transform lives by resolving and preventing weight-related diseases, improving quality of life and extending life expectancy up to 10 years.

It is important to understand that bariatric surgery is permanent, and you should gather as much information as possible before making the decision to undergo this surgery. One crucial step is to have a thorough discussion with your bariatric surgeon, dietician, psychologist and other members of your medical team so you can be empowered and prepared for life before and after bariatric surgery.

Dr. Oscar Talledo, bariatric and general surgeon, shares 12 important questions you should ask your bariatric surgeon and team before undergoing weight loss surgery.

  1. What are the different types of bariatric surgery and what is your recommendation for me?
  2. What are the potential risks and complications?
  3. What tests and appointments will I need before surgery?
  4. How much weight can I expect to lose?
  5. Will surgery resolve my current health conditions?
  6. What does recovery look like after surgery?
  7. What can I eat and not eat after surgery?
  8. If I smoke and drink alcohol now, can I do so after surgery?
  9. Will my current medications have to be adjusted after surgery?
  10. Will I have to exercise?
  11. What is my post-surgery plan?
  12. What kind of expert support after surgery will I have to help me succeed?


Every bariatric surgery patient’s weight loss journey is unique. The team at the Bariatric & Metabolic Institute at Arkansas Heart Hospital might have additional recommendations or requirements for you, which will be discussed during your office visit.

We are here to assist you on your journey to better health for life. Take the first step to a new you at bmi.arheart.com or call 501-210-7770.

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