Deaconess Weight Loss Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I know if I am a candidate for weight loss surgery?
  • A. If you are 100 lbs. or more overweight, you may be a candidate. If you have comorbidities, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, you may still qualify being less overweight.
  1. What type of weight loss surgeries do you offer?
  • A. The gastric bypass and LapBand surgeries.
  1. Is one weight loss surgery better than the other?
  • A. The surgery that is right for you will be recommended by the clinic physician and Bariatric surgeon.

You will be part of a program that also includes dietitians, exercise specialists, and psychologists.  This team

will help devise a plan for you to be successful in achieving your healthy weight loss goals

  1. What will eating be like after the surgery?
  • A. Your portions will be very small, as you will feel full quickly. You will have an extensive knowledge of

what you can comfortably eat after several meetings and classes with our registered dietitians.

  1. After my first appointment, how long will it take before I have surgery?
  • A. That will depend on what your insurance company requires. Most insurance companies require at least 6

months of a physician supervised weight loss program.  Some insurance companies require more.  We

will work closely with you to make sure that you meet all of the criteria that your insurance demands before

they will approve you for surgery.

  1. How much weight will I lose after surgery?
  • A. The amount of weight you lose-and how fast you lose it-depends on which weight loss surgery you have. Patients who have adjustable gastric banding (LapBand) procedures usually lose weight more slowly the first year that those who gastric bypass procedures. Total weight loss over time is comparable with each procedure. Most of our patients lose 60-75% of their excess body weight.
  1. Can I become pregnant after weight loss surgery?
  • A. Women should avoid pregnancy for at least 18 months after surgery. Please discuss any pregnancy plans with your surgeon during one of your clinic appointments.
  1. How long will I have to stay in the hospital after surgery?
  • A. Your hospital stay will depend on the type of weight loss surgery you have. Generally, hospital stays are

between one and three days.

  1. Is weight loss surgery right for everyone?
  • A. The short answer is no. Surgery is not a solution for everyone. We only determine whether a patient is right

for surgery after a complete evaluation and discussion with the patient.  Because weight loss surgery is a life-

altering procedure, we want to make sure our patients are committed to making the lifestyle changes needed

for a successful procedure.

  1. If I am interested in weight loss surgery, what is my first step?
  • A. First, you should establish a relationship with our team by filling out our forms at To do this, you will need to enter information about your medical history. When we receive this information, we will confirm with your insurance that weight loss surgery is covered in your plan. We will then call you to set up your first appointment with our clinic physician and dietitian. Please call us at (812)450-7419 if you have any questions or for more information.