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Are you thinking about undergoing weight loss surgery? Then you may have questions, such as these: Is weight loss surgery right for me? How much weight will I lose? Keep in mind that weight loss surgery is intended for people who have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more, typically with one or more co-morbid conditions, such as high blood pressure, sleep apnea and more.

How much weight you lose in the first year after surgery depends on the type of surgery. You may expect to shed 50 to 70 percent of your extra body weight within two years after surgery.

Why is Roller Weight Loss & Advanced Surgery the best?

• They are board-certified by the American Board of Surgery
• They are members of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
• They have performed more than 4,000 surgeries
• They offer educational seminars and support groups

Roller Weight Loss & Advanced Surgery features the only group of fellowship-trained bariatric and advanced general laparoscopic surgeons in Arkansas. Joshua Roller, MD, Yong Kwon, MD offer the most sophisticated modern weight loss surgery techniques available, including roux-en-Y gastric bypass, lap gastric banding or LAP-BAND surgery and sleeve gastrectomy.

What to expect before surgery?

You may be asked to lose some weight before surgery to show your commitment to change and to improve your health. Some surgeons ask people to try to lose 15 to 30 pounds before surgery.

If you smoke, your doctor will likely tell you to quit, both for your long-term health and to cut the chances of problems from your operation. Smokers are more likely to have complications from surgery.

You may also meet with a nutritionist about changing the way you eat. When people start building better food habits before surgery — eating smaller portions, eating slowly, paying closer attention to the nutritional makeup of meals — they often adapt better to life after surgery.

The process may also require a psychological evaluation.

What are the risks?

All surgeries carry some risk.

There’s also a chance of getting medical problems due to nutritional deficiencies such as anemia. Your doctor will want to monitor your nutritional health with regular checkups as well as have you follow a healthy diet and exercise plan that may include taking supplements.

Risks versus benefits

While there is some risk associated with bariatric surgery, the benefits of long-term weight loss are immense. If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you know how difficult it is to keep it off, and weight loss surgery provides an important platform for long-term weight loss. Remember, most major health organizations around the world classify obesity as a disease. Ultimately, weight loss surgery is not so much about losing weight as it is about living a longer, healthier life. It’s about being there for life’s greatest events and being able to easily participate.

What’s the recovery period?

Recovery time varies depending on the type of surgery. Recovery from gastric banding usually takes at least one week, and with a gastric bypass it is often up to four weeks. Our team is here to walk with you every step of the way.

Because of new techniques, weight loss surgery can often be performed with minimum invasion, through small incisions. Our bariatric surgeons are highly-trained in the advanced laparoscopic approach.

How do I pay for surgery?

Many insurance companies cover weight loss surgery, and all have varying levels of coverage. Our specialists at Roller Weight Loss can help you navigate this process.

How do I become a patient?

The first step is to attend our seminar. You can register for a live seminar here, or watch an online seminar here.