Frequenty Asked Questions
How long does it take to have surgery from my initial appointment?
This varies and is dependent on many factors, including, but not limited to, current medical condition(s), medical clearance, and insurance requirements. Our team understands the importance of surgery for your health and will work as diligently as possible to get you ti surgery as quickly and safely as possible.
What is the down time for surgery?
We generally recommend 1-2 weeks off of work after bariatric surgery. This can vary depending on occupation, work demands, etc.
Why do I need to quit smoking before surgery?
Smoking GREATLY increases the risk pneumonia and other complications including bleed or leak. Smoking slows down healing process that is why it is extremely important to quit smoking prior to surgery to ensure your stomach heals properly.
How long is the pre-op/post-op diet?
Pre-op diet: Approximately 2 weeks prior to surgery.
Post-op diet: Two phases up to 6 weeks after surgery.
Will I be in pain after surgery?
This varies for each patient, but most patients experience moderate pain that is alleviated with the prescribed pain medication.
How soon can I resume normal activities after weight loss surgery?
You will be up and walking (5 minutes every 1 hour) on the same day of surgery. No strenuous activity or lifting 20 lbs. for 2 weeks. Return to work in 1-2 weeks.
Will I need special medications after weight loss surgery?
Dr. Carlton requires you to take an acid blocker for 3 months. This medication helps reduce acid production to keep your staple line healthy. Additional medications are ordered for nausea, cramping, and/or pain.
Will I need to take vitamins forever?
Dr. Carlton recommends long-term supplements to ensure you are getting all of the recommended vitamins and minerals.
Insurance and Financing
Lonestar Bariatrics accepts most major insurance plans. Navigating healthcare insurance can be extremely confusing. Our specially trained team is available to help assist and support you through the process.
In some cases, patient’s current insurance policy does not cover bariatric surgery or patient do not want to self-pay. There’s an easy and convenient way to pay for your Bariatric Surgery. Lonestar Bariatrics has partnered with lending institutions that may be able to assist you.
Call our team for details about these financing options.
Out of Town Patients
At LoneStar Bariatrics, we have many patients travel to Dallas for their surgery. In order to make your experience as easy as possible, we have compiled a list of facilities, hotels, and pharmacies.
These are each grouped by location, so everything you’ll need during your recovery is easily accessible. Medical Discount rates available at some hotels, please call our office to get booking codes.