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Common Questions about weight loss surgery

Weight loss surgery can be a difficult subject to learn all at once. Below are some commonly asked questions from the community.

At Blossom Bariatrics, we’ve put a great deal of time into helping people like you understand weight loss surgery and which procedure is right for you. Read our FAQ’s and visit our YouTube channel to learn everything you need to know about bariatric surgery.

What Kind of Results Can I Expect?

Each of the procedures available at Blossom Bariatrics are capable of delivering phenomenal results. Generally speaking, our clients will lose approximately 50 percent of their excess body weight during the first six to 12 months following treatment. In all cases, however, success is highly dependent on a client’s adherence to the postoperative instructions and lifestyle changes suggested by our surgeons and staff.

What is weight loss surgery recovery time?

Recovery time associated with bariatric surgery is generally minimal. Depending on the type of work, the majority of clients are able to return to work within one week following surgery. During the first two weeks post-op, clients may be asked to follow a strict liquid diet in order to allow the stomach to heal and then slowly progress from soft to solid foods.

How does bariatric surgery work?

There are two basic ways that bariatric surgery works to help clients lose weight and improve or resolve co-morbidities: (1) malabsorption and (2) restriction. Our patented Safe Sleeve procedure uses the restriction method, and the outcome of the procedure is the same as a traditional gastric sleeve.

Both malabsorption and restriction procedures are considered highly effective and relatively safe. However, in some cases revision bariatric surgery might be necessary to remove a previously placed gastric band or enhance the results of gastric sleeve surgery. Our surgeons are highly experienced in performing revision bariatric surgery.


Procedures that use malabsorption change the body’s ability to absorb calories and nutrients from food. The surgeon changes the way food travels through the client?s system. By rerouting food past a large part of the stomach and a portion of the small intestine, some of the calories and nutrients pass through without being absorbed.

Gastric Bypass surgery is considered a malabsorption type.

Weight loss surgery, as with all medical procedures, has certain risks, such as the necessity to undergo revision bariatric surgery. Clients should recognize that complications arise rarely and the vast majority of Dr. Tom’s clients are highly satisfied with their results.


Procedures that use restriction limit the amount of food clients can eat. This is accomplished surgically by creating a small stomach pouch. When eating, the pouch fills quickly and gives a feeling of fullness much sooner. Because clients feel satisfied and full sooner, they eat less.

Restriction type bariatric surgeries include Gastric Sleeve and Adjustable Gastric Banding.