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Dr. Houston Answers 3 Common Consultation Questions

You asked, Dr. Houston answered! We sat down with Dr. Houston to answer some of the most common questions he receives in his consultations. 

What Should I Expect After Weight Loss Surgery? 

The procedure is conducted using five small incisions and typically lasts between one to one and a half hours. Patients are usually back in their rooms within a couple of hours, able to walk the halls, and start on fluids the same evening. Depending on individual health conditions and body weight, some patients may be discharged the same day, though many stay overnight for monitoring and assessment the following morning to ensure their recovery is progressing well.

Walking is encouraged early on, and the discomfort is generally minimal, with many patients not requiring narcotic pain relief. IV Tylenol is administered overnight; by the next morning, most patients are ready to go home. Post-surgery, patients adhere to a liquid diet to ensure the stomach is protected. Activities such as climbing stairs and driving can usually be resumed within a few days, with a return to aerobic exercises and work following shortly after. Those with desk jobs or who work from home can expect to return to work within a week, while those in more physically demanding roles might require two to three weeks off. 

What is Life Like After Weight Loss Surgery? 

Many people express concerns about their ability to enjoy meals with friends,  attend social gatherings, and be able to eat their favorite foods. You will regain a sense of normalcy. The initial year following surgery involves strict dietary guidelines to ensure significant weight loss. However, once you transition into the maintenance phase, you'll have more flexibility with your diet, allowing for a variety of foods. The key difference will be in portion sizes; you'll find yourself satisfied with less food, but you'll need to remain accountable for your dietary choices. For instance, enjoying a slice of pizza and occasionally indulging can happen, but we need patients to stay accountable. The surgery does make it easier to correct minor weight gain if you are willing to reset and make better choices. It's not about adhering to a perfect diet forever, but rather about managing your weight responsibly over the long term, ensuring you can lead a fulfilling and balanced life.

Will I be Successful After Weight Loss Surgery?  

The answer depends on you. I can't predict how you'll navigate the journey post-surgery and what choices you’ll make. Will you commit to maintaining your progress and holding yourself accountable? If weight gain occurs, will you take action, regularly monitoring and adjusting as needed?

The truth is, there will be highs and lows along the way. But with dedication and accountability, these surgeries can empower patients to finally take control of their weight. If they do experience weight regain, they’ll have the tools to address it effectively. This isn't about magic fixes; it's about giving patients the tools to manage their weight once and for all. By curbing hunger and providing a fresh start, these surgeries can help patients achieve long-term stability and achieve lasting weight management.


Are you considering weight loss surgery? At Nashville Weight Loss Solutions, we offer the four primary bariatric surgeries currently available, including bariatric revision surgeries in some cases. A great first step is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Houston. He sits down with patients to review their medical history and goals to help them determine the best path forward for them.  You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Houston by completing our contact form HERE. or by calling our office at 615-342-5820.


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