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Patient Resources

According to the Center of Disease Control, a whopping 36. percent of Americans are obese. In a move to capitalize on this, more weight loss surgery facilities are sprouting to offer surgery solutions. However, crucial resources are offered to help patients with weight loss program.

FAQs on Laparoscopic Procedures

Dr. Arif Ahmad is very cognizant of the questions asked by many patients. Some of them include the following:

  1. What is obesity?
    Obesity is a health condition that leads to accumulation of fat on the body and has adverse effects on the patient’s health. To determine whether a person is obese or not, then he or she should have their body mass index (BMI) checked. If it exceeds 30, he or she is obese.
  2. Are there any risks entangled with weight loss surgery?
    Well, different laparoscopic surgeries pose some risk to a patient’s health. However, the licensed laparoscopic surgeon is trained to mitigate any emerging issues.
  3. How long are patients’ out of work after laparoscopic surgery?
    Obesity is a health condition that leads to accumulation of fat on the body and has adverse effects on the patient’s health. To determine whether a person is obese or not, then he or she should have their body mass index (BMI) checked. If it exceeds 30, he or she is obese.
  4. Can a patient exercise after surgery?
    Yes, it is recommended that patients’ exercise to prevent a hernia. It also aids in weight loss. However, it is advisable that for the patient to consult with a weight loss surgeon.
  5. What are the nutrient requirements for weight loss surgery?
    After the surgery, the patient should eat food rich in minerals and vitamins such as iron, vitamin D, and vitamin B12.
  6. Will a newborn baby be healthy after the weight loss surgery?
    Yes, the weight loss surgeon guarantee a fruitful procedure and good health to the baby at birth.
  7. Do pregnant patients’ benefit from the surgery?
    Sure, there are numerous benefits accrued from weight loss surgery especially during pregnancy. One of them is that it lowers complications rate while giving birth.
  8. Do insurance companies provide insurance coverage for weight loss surgery?
    Yes, they do. There comprehensive insurance plans for patients in case of any damage during weight loss surgery.
  9. How does one calculate his or her body mass index (BMI)?
    Well, he or she should use a body mass index calculator to find out the BMI.

After looking at the frequently asked questions, the next step is to learn more about weight loss surgery.

Risks Involved

Laparoscopic surgery, as weight loss surgery, does not fall short of risks. It is on this premise that the weight loss surgeons find it prudent to elaborate on the risks.

  • Malnutrition – This occurs when a patient’s body is deprived of key nutrients and minerals. These include vitamin B12, iron, vitamin D, and calcium.
  • May lead to dumping syndrome which results to diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea
  • Weight regain especially if not accompanied by exercises and a healthy diet
  • Dilation of the esophagus
  • Risk of infections
  • Acid reflux
  • Complication risk during or after the weight loss surgery.
  • Obstruction of the stomach

Engaging in Exercises

Exercise is not solely meant for people wishing to fit into body tight garments. That said people who are obese but dedicated to losing weight should take up exercises. Before getting into the exercises, patients should ensure that they have gone for a medical examination. This is paramount especially if one is on medication or suffers from chronic diseases.

Exercises also help the weight loss surgeons to develop a workout plan for the patient. Some of the fitness exercises include:


This is the simplest and most effective exercise to help with weight loss. Obese patients are only required to take regular walks, preferably in the morning and evenings.

Viable Walking Program

  • In the first five minutes of the walk, one should ensure that the pace is slow.
  • Gradually increase the pace to constant and agile movement for five minutes
  • One should end by slowing down the pace to help relax the muscles

The weight loss surgeons recommend that patients add 2 minutes, for walking, in the subsequent two weeks. This should continue for the next six weeks. As they get into week seven, they should ensure that they walk briskly for 18 minutes. Additionally, patients should continue adding the minutes for the next 4 weeks. In total, obese patients should at least set aside 150 minutes for walking per week.

Tips and Precaution

While going for the walks, it is important to ensure that the arms swing naturally and maintain a good body posture. Furthermore, they should make sure that they wear shoes with great arch support to prevent blisters. This also helps in cushioning the feet from shock.

Health Benefits

For years, walking has been advocated for especially when it comes to burning calories. For example, a 155 lb patient can burn up to 268 calories in one hour. Amazing, right? The best part of walking is that it is less strenuous compared to other weight loss procedures.

Walking also helps to strengthen the bones and muscles. Finally, it is useful in preventing and containing health problems such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.


According to the weight loss surgeons, patients can also lose pounds by lifting weights. However, this weight loss procedure should be done systematically. Before going through the nitty gritty, it must be acknowledged that weightlifting is better when under the guide of a personal trainer.


Patients should use weights that they can comfortably lift. Weightlifting encompasses maintaining an upright body posture. Here, they should make sure that the breathing is controlled for good air circulation.


Always consult a weight loss surgeon before starting to lift weights.

Other fitness procedures include jogging, mental exercise, and group-class exercises.

How to Balance the Nutritional Needs

Apart from undergoing a weight loss surgery, it is paramount for patients to eat nutritious food. Luckily, there is a comprehensive guide to help with this. According to Dr.Arif Ahmad, patients should consume lean protein. This entails fish chicken and pork. By consuming such foods, they also get to boost their satiety.

Furthermore, a patient should ensure that he or she incorporates multivitamins in his or her daily routine. So why is emphasis made on multivitamins? Well, weight loss surgery such as Lap Band may minimize the intake of the nutrients. For this reason, patients are encouraged to supplement vitamin D and B12 with multivitamins.

As patients diligently embark on the new diet, there are some foods to avoid. These include whole milk, spicy foods, sugary foodstuffs, and high-calorie meals.

Weight Loss Surgery and Pregnancy

Patients should not be misguided by the myth that weight loss surgery will hamper pregnancy. The weight loss surgeons reaffirm that patients can get pregnant after laparoscopic surgery. However, there are some aspects to observe.

  • One has to wait for at least two years before they can get pregnant
  • Weight loss surgery may interfere with the use of birth control methods
  • Malabsorptive components put the patient and baby at risk of malnutrition

Moreover, there are some pros of weight loss surgery to pregnancy. They include:

  • Resolves infertility
  • Reduces the chances of the baby being obese
  • Improves neonatal care
  • Lowers the risk of cardiovascular-related ailments to the baby
  • Minimizes maternal complication rates
  • Reduces the risk of high blood pressure

Calculating the Body Mass Index (BMI)

At the beginning of this article, it was mentioned that a patient is diagnosed as obese when he or she has a BMI of over 30. So will a patient know his or her body mass index? Well, it simple. He or she should use the BMI calculator and input the measurements. Here the weight and height are inserted, metric or standard measure, and the BMI will be calculated.

Patients should note that this calculator can be used by both sexes.

Get an Insurance Cover

Given the risk highlighted by the weight loss surgeons, it is important for patients to get an insurance cover. Here, they are expected to scrutinize the insurance plan for each weight loss surgery covered. This encompasses cover for gastric bypass, gastric balloon among others. Additionally, you can extend the cover to include your family.

To learn this and many more, you can contact Dr. Arif Ahmad and book an appointment.

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