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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average long-term weight loss following surgery?

Bariatric surgery is considered successful if the patient achieves a 50 percent loss of excess body weight. Patients who have had surgery at Munson typically achieve that goal by six to nine months, and are achieving greater than 80 percent excess weight loss by 12 to 18 months.

What are the most common complications?

Significant steps are taken by our surgeons to prevent complications. Rare complications could include a pulmonary embolism or a leak at the staple line resulting in an infection. More common long-term complications could include a hernia or small bowel obstruction which may require operative intervention.

What criteria determine if an open or laparoscopic procedure is done?

The decision is based on body shape, the presence of abdominal scar tissue from previous surgeries, and health history. Open surgery may be recommended if a patient has a significant history of heart disease or if they have had multiple prior abdominal surgeries.

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