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Check what you know about bariatric surgery

Before you decide to have bariatric surgery, it’s important to understand how the surgery changes your body, how it’s done, and what to expect after the surgery. Answer these questions to find out what you know about bariatric surgery.

1. Obesity is a long-lasting (chronic) disease that needs lifelong treatment. Bariatric surgery is one treatment option for obesity.
 
 
 

Correct!

The correct answer is A. For more information, see About bariatric surgery

2. What are the benefits of having bariatric surgery? (There may be more than one correct answer.)
 
 
 
 
 

Correct! Blood sugar levels and blood pressure are often closer to normal after bariatric surgery.

Incorrect. Even though it's common to lose 1/3 (about 30%) of your starting weight after bariatric surgery, it’s unlikely you’ll reach a normal BMI. For more information, see What changes to expect after surgery.

Correct! It’s often easier to breathe after bariatric surgery.

Correct! It may be easier to move and be more active after bariatric surgery.

Correct! Heart disease and the risk of some cancers can decrease after bariatric surgery.

3. After bariatric surgery, I’ll need to make lifestyle changes that last the rest of my life.
 
 
 

Correct! You’ll need to make lifestyle changes that last the rest of your life. These include having healthy eating habits, taking vitamin and mineral supplements, and making time for physical activity each day. For more information, see After your surgery and Eating well after bariatric surgery.

Incorrect. After bariatric surgery you’ll need to make lifestyle changes that last the rest of your life. To learn about these lifestyle changes, see After your surgery and Eating well after bariatric surgery.

After bariatric surgery you’ll need to make lifestyle changes that last the rest of your life. To learn about these lifestyle changes, see After your surgery and Eating well after bariatric surgery.

4. If I smoke, I’ll need to quit before I have bariatric surgery. And I can’t smoke after the surgery. If I don’t stop smoking, I won’t be able to have bariatric surgery.
 
 
 

Correct! Smoking can cause problems (complications) before and after bariatric surgery. For information about quitting smoking, visit AlbertaQuits.

Incorrect. Smoking can cause problems (complications) before and after bariatric surgery. For information about quitting smoking, visit AlbertaQuits.

Smoking can cause problems (complications) before and after bariatric surgery. For information about quitting smoking, visit AlbertaQuits.

5. How will my life change after bariatric surgery? (There may be more than one correct answer.)
 
 
 
 

Correct! After bariatric surgery, you’ll need to eat smaller amounts (portions), not drink with meals and snacks, and avoid foods with sticky, gummy, stringy, or tough textures. For more information, see Eating well after bariatric surgery.

Correct! After bariatric surgery you’ll need to see your doctor regularly. For more information about follow-up after bariatric surgery, see Follow-up care.

Correct! For more information on physical activity, see After your surgery.

Correct! For more information on taking medicine after bariatric surgery, see After your surgery.

6. If I want to have children, what do I need to think about before I decide to have bariatric surgery or after I have bariatric surgery? (There may be more than one correct answer.)
 
 
 

Correct! For more information, see Body changes and pregnancy.


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