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Weight Loss Surgery On-Demand Webinar

Watch our online webinar to meet our surgeons and get a more comprehensive understanding of bariatric surgery. If you should have any questions upon completion of the video, please contact our bariatric coordinator at (904) 819-4675.

Live Seminars

During our educational programs, we will provide you with all the information needed to help you decide whether weight loss surgery is right for you. We will highlight the health risks of obesity, including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, respiratory complications and arthritis.

Support Groups

UF Health St. Johns Bariatrics provides a comprehensive educational program to assist in your post-operative weight loss success. Monthly support groups are held covering topics such as diet and exercise, eating success and lifestyle management.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is bariatric surgery covered by insurance?

Insurance plans vary and have different criteria for coverage eligibility. Our dedicated insurance navigator will work with your insurance company and guide you through the entire process.

When can I go home after surgery?

Usually patients stay 1-2 nights in the hospital. You will not be discharged until your medical team is comfortable that you can tolerate small sips of water and a protein supplement, nausea and any pain or discomfort is well controlled. Do NOT force this process; we want to discharge you home so you can be successful with your new knowledge and habits from your decision to have weight loss surgery.

Why do I have to stop smoking?

Smoking leads to complications during and after surgery. We want you to be successful with your decision to have weight loss surgery and eliminate any unhealthy habits that would not lead to improving your health and lifestyle.

Will I lose my hair? Can I prevent hair loss?

Hair thinning can occur due to nutrient changes in your body. Meeting your protein goal, vitamins and mineral supplements each day can help. Hair loss is usually noted three months after surgery and after seven months regrowth begins. Not everyone has hair loss and for those who do, it is temporary

How often should I weigh myself?

Patients who are most successful after weight loss surgery make it a habit to weigh themselves regularly. This is another habit that commits you to being accountable and responsible for your success. How often is regularly? Once a week is reasonable. Use the same scale, same time of day upon waking and after using the bathroom, wearing the same clothes (or none). Keep a log of your weight. An extra pound/kilogram each month can add up to gaining back weight that becomes too overwhelming to lose again. Stay on top of your success. Checking your weight more than once a week can be too excessive.

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