Bariatric surgery is well known to increase life expectancy in individuals with serious obesity-related conditions. Provided you make the necessary lifestyle and dietary changes advised by your surgeon, can reasonably expect an increase in life expectancy by between 10 and 14 years.

There are reliable ways to minimize pain after a bariatric surgery, which does not require particularly strong pain relief medication thanks to the laparoscopic method of surgery.

Several hours after your anesthesia wears off the surgeon will ask you to get up and take at least a few steps. Walking will generally be encouraged, as it is a necessary part of your recovery process, and a good way to prevent post-operative complications, such as pulmonary embolism.

Bariatric surgery does not negatively affect pregnancy, provided you wait at least 18 months after the surgery. This is typically the period of the most rapid weight loss, and it’s important to let the body settle into it’s natural weight before getting pregnant.

Yes, you will need to stop smoking at least two months before the surgery and remain smoke-free for the rest of your life.