Bariatric Surgery FAQs


Many patients considering bariatric surgery have a lot of questions. The answers you receive will play an important role in your final decision. To help you better understand your options and set realistic expectations, Dr. Liza María Pompa González has answered a few bariatric surgery FAQs.

Having completed over 3,000 bariatric surgeries at our Tijuana, Mexico, surgical center, Dr. Pompa is exceptionally knowledgeable about these treatments. The entire team at LIMARP® is dedicated to helping you achieve your weight loss goals. 

Is Bariatric Surgery is Right for Me?

All patients will undergo an extensive examination and consultation process to determine if bariatric surgery is the right weight loss solution for their health needs and weight loss goals. In addition to surgical procedures, we also offer non-surgical treatment options.

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How Do Bariatric Surgeries Facilitate Weight Loss?

There are two categories of bariatric surgeries:

Malabsorptive surgeries help you lose weight by changing the way you digest food. During these procedures, part of the intestine is removed and the gastrointestinal tract is rerouted to change the way food is absorbed by the digestive system. Surgeries include gastric bypass, mini gastric bypass, and duodenal switch.

Restrictive surgeries help you lose weight by physically restricting the size of your stomach. As a result, the amount of food and calories you can consume is limited. Surgeries include LAP-BAND®, Realize™ Band, gastric plication, and gastric sleeve. The intragastric balloon is a similar but non-surgical alternative to these procedures.

Dr. Pompa can help you determine which type of bariatric surgery is right for you.

Is Weight Loss Permanent?

While bariatric surgery can help you lose substantial weight, you must keep up healthy lifestyle habits in order to maintain your weight loss. We can help you develop a personalized weight loss program, including plans for physical activities and nutrition for post-surgery success. 

How Long Does Recovery Take?

The recovery for each procedure can vary, but typically, patients can return to work about one or two weeks after their procedure, depending on the type of work that you do. However, it is usually recommended that you avoid strenuous exercise for about six weeks after surgery. 

Will I Need Plastic Surgery after My Procedure?

After substantial weight loss, you may notice excess skin around your:

  • Abdomen 
  • Legs
  • Arms
  • Breasts

While some patients are comfortable using compression garments, others will choose to undergo body contouring procedures to remove excess tissue and tighten and tone their body for the most flattering results.

What Are the Most Common Long-Term Risks of Bariatric Surgery?

Long-term risks of bariatric surgery can include:

  • Dumping syndrome
  • Malnutrition
  • Ulcers
  • Bowel obstruction

However, it has been found that undergoing weight loss surgery can significantly reduce many of the serious risks associated with severe obesity. Additionally, many patients enjoy a higher quality of life after their procedure. 

Start Your Weight Loss Journey

Achieving your weight loss goals is possible with the help of our caring and experienced staff. LIMARP is an internationally recognized bariatric surgery center and is part of The Center of Excellence program. We offer a full spectrum of treatment to help you through every stage of your weight loss journey. To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (619) 270-8823. 

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