Surgical Group of Johnson City
Frequently Asked Questions

Weight Loss Surgery...

  • What types of weight loss surgery procedures have Drs. Watson and Hodge performed?
    • Open and laparoscopic gastric bypass and sleeve.
  • Can this surgery be performed using minimally invasive techniques?
    • Yes, that is always the first approach unless otherwise determined before or during surgery.
  • Can I be considered a candidate for surgery even though I have one or more associated health conditions related to my obesity?
    • Usually yes. This must be taken into consideration on an individual basis.
  • How long will I be in surgery?
    • Surgery takes between 1 and 3 hours.
  • What is the length of my anticipated hospital stay?
    • 1 to 3 days is the average hospital stay.
  • How long will it be before I can return to pre-surgery levels of activity?
    • Four to six weeks.
  • How will my eating habits change?
    • Much smaller portions and bites, eliminate refined sugar and grease (fried foods), concentrate on protein, increase water intake, and no drinking with meals.
  • Do you have information about surgery costs and payment options?
    • Yes, the Office Manager can provide this information.
  • What is the typical excess weight loss and improvement of associated health conditions for your other patients?
    • Conditions such as diabetes and hypertension are eliminated in many cases.
    • For Gastric Bypass procedure, 70 - 80% excess weight loss.
    • For Sleeve procedure, 30 - 40% excess weight loss.
  • Do you have patients who are willing to share their experiences, both positive and negative?
    • Yes, at support groups as well as individuals.
  • What information can you give me to help family and friends better understand this surgery?
    • Weight Loss Surgery Booklet and Support Groups.
  • What type of long-term, aftercare services (such as support groups and counseling) can you provide for me?
    • Monthly Support Groups. You may seek counseling with pre-op psychological evaluation counselor or counselor of your choice if needed or desired.
    • One-on-one meetings with the Dietitian (call 844-488-7827 to schedule).
  • What do you expect from me if I decide to choose a surgical solutions?
    • Commitment to the program, long-term follow-up.