Find Out Why Patients Choose Dr. Benavente for Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery

As part of the General Vascular and Surgery (GVS) team, Dr. Luis Benavente is renowned for his comprehensive expertise, knowledge, and experience in bariatric weight loss. As both a board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeon, Dr. Benavente is able to offer his patients advanced surgical techniques for improved outcomes. And, in addition to his extensive surgical training, he practices a multidisciplinary approach to weight loss—making sure that his patients have the tools they need to be successful following their weight loss surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers) About Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery

As part of his highly-recognized weight management program, Dr. Benavente encourages patients to become educated on how to prepare for bariatric surgery and maximize recovery. Take a look at some of the most-asked questions when it comes to weight loss surgery, and how you can get ready to take the next step toward reaching your weight-loss goals. 

  • Is There a Bariatric Weight Range You Have to Be In to Qualify for Surgery?

Yes. You will need to have a BMI of less than or equal to 40 and be 100 pounds overweight. Or, have a BMI of less than or equal to 35 and a medical condition (type II diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis, gastrointestinal disease, heart disease, or sleep apnea, for example). 

  • What Are the Risks Associated with Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery?

While there is always a risk of complication with any kind of surgery, the most common types of risks and side effects associated with bariatric weight loss surgery include a post-surgical problem with the band, tube, or other devices; slow weight-loss rate; a need for re-operation to correct issues; and a raised likelihood for vitamin, mineral, and protein deficiencies (short- and long-term). 

  • Do You Have to Follow a Certain Diet After Bariatric Surgery?

Yes. There are four stages of the bariatric diet starting with a liquid diet after surgery, and slowly progressing to high-protein, nutrient-dense solid foods over time. You will also be instructed to eat foods that are rich in certain vitamins and minerals to help you remain healthy. 

  • What Kind of Supplements Are You Supposed to Take After Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery?

To help prevent vitamin, mineral, and protein deficiencies, Dr. Benavente will likely recommend taking a daily multivitamin. Depending on your specific needs, you may also be guided to take Vitamin D, calcium, iron, and Vitamin B12 supplements.

Meet Dr. Benavente

If you’ve been considering bariatric surgery, set up a consultation with Dr. Benavente now. Or, call us any time with questions at 574-236-1888.

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