Weight Loss Surgery Clinic
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Phone: (00961)-9-639 045 / (00961)-9-644 644

Email Us: contact@obesitysurgerylebanon.com

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Frequently Asked Questions



  • 1- What is Bariatric Surgery?
    Bariatric surgery is another name for Weight Loss Surgery. It relates to the different surgery procedures that help overweight/obese people to lose weight in order to regain health, improve appearance and boost self-esteem.

  • 2- How successful is weight loss surgery compared to other treatment options?
    The following table shows the success rate of the 3 main options that treat morbid obesity over 5 years:

    TreatmentWeight loss after 5 years (% of patients)Details
    Medication0%Weight loss not maintained after stopping medication
    Diet & exercise2% to 5%Only 10% of weight lost
    Bariatric surgery50% to 85%50% to 80% of excess weight lost

  • 3- Can Weight Loss Surgery prolong life?
    Medical studies have shown that Weight Loss Surgery can effectively decrease the mortality risk of obese patients by 89%. Bariatric Surgery improves or even completely resolves life-threatening overweight related diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and certain types of cancers...

  • 4- What is the difference between laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery and an open procedure?
    Open Bariatric Surgery is performed through one large incision to open the abdomen and uses "traditional" medical instruments, whereas the laparoscopic surgery is one that involves smaller incisions and the use of fiber-optic cameras, video monitor and long- handled instruments. The advantages of the laparoscopic procedure are: reduced pain, shorter hospital stay, faster recovery, reduced rate of infection, reduced scars...
    Dr. Adaimi has been practicing laparoscopic surgery for nearly 20 years and laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery for 10 years. His surgical skills coupled with an extensive experience have resulted in excellent achievements.

  • 5- Where will my surgery be done?
    Your surgery will be done at the Hôpital Notre Dame du Liban, Jounieh. The Hospital was awarded the highest level of quality by an independent commission and labeled as a class A hospital.

  • 6- How long does the surgery take?
    It takes about 2 to 4 hours to perform a Weight Loss Surgery, with a shorter time for laparoscopic surgeries. The operation time depends, however, on the anatomy of each patient and on the previous abdominal surgeries this patient had at an earlier time.

  • 7- How can I deal with my fear of surgery?
    It is normal to fear surgery, all patients do. The best way to deal with this fear is to:
    • Share your concerns with your surgeon.
    • Discuss the possible complications with your surgeon.
    • Get informed about the surgery.
    • Understand the benefits of a drastic weight loss versus the obesity related risks.
    • Focus on what will your life be after surgery.

  • 8- What about postoperative pain and discomfort?
    Many people think that Weight Loss Surgery is associated with pain and a long recovery period, but that is often not the case. In fact, most of the Weight Loss Surgery Clinic's patients report having only experienced discomfort and soreness rather than pain. Pain is, however, very subjective and varies from person to person. Generally, patients who have a laparoscopic surgery have very little pain.

  • 9- What will be the diet after the surgery?
    Before our patients leave the hospital, they are handed a dietary guideline that will help them adjust to their new smaller stomach. After the recovery period, they will generally be able to eat the same types of food as before but in much smaller quantities. In case of gastric bypass surgery however, patients might feel some discomfort while eating sweet or high-fat food, which is known as the "dumping" syndrome. This will induce them to reduce their consumption of such high calorie foods.

  • 10- Is the gastric bypass surgery reversible?
    Technically speaking, it is possible to reverse the gastric bypass surgery. But usually our patients are so successful with this kind of weight loss surgery that they have never asked to reverse the procedure.

  • 11- What is the long-term success of bariatric surgery?
    The main reason for the popularity of Weight Loss Surgery is the excellent long term results in weight loss. Even after 10 years, patients have been able to keep off the excess weight, so shows scientific studies. Usually, patients tend to lose the larger amount of excess weight during the first 12 to 18 months after surgery. After this period of time, the weight loss gradually diminishes till reaching a plateau. Successful weight loss is however only achieved when patients follow a healthy food plan and exercise on a regular basis.

  • 12- Can I get pregnant after bariatric surgery?
    Yes. In fact, the chance of becoming pregnant increases with weight loss. Usually, we recommend waiting about 1 year after surgery before getting pregnant.

  • 13- When can I go back to my normal activity level?
    This ranges between 1 to 6 weeks. Of course, it depends on the kind of surgery (open or laparoscopic), your physical condition and type of activity (patients shouldn't, however, lift anything heavy for 3 months).

  • 14- Will I need cosmetic surgery after weight loss?
    Cosmetic surgery is an option aimed at reducing the amount of excess skin hanging after dramatic weight loss. Patients who face some hygiene or health problem due to such loose skin sometimes choose to remove it through surgery. It should not be considered before weight has stabilized, at least 1 year after surgery. You should consult your surgeon for advice.

  • 15- Why should I choose the Weight Loss Surgery Clinic at Hôpital Notre Dame du Liban?
    Following are some reasons why you should choose the Weight Loss Surgery Clinic:
    • Dr. Frédéric Adaimi's high skills and experience in Weight Loss Surgery and in advanced
       laparoscopic minimally-invasive surgery techniques
    • Class A rating hospital, named one of the best in the region
    • Hospitalization package fees reduced to minimum
    • Dedicated skilled and caring staff
    • A hospital that feels more like a big friendly family
    • A thorough follow-up care program

  • 16- OK, what do I do now?
    You should contact us and take an appointment with your weight loss surgeon: Dr. Frédéric Adaimi.
    Call us on 00961-(0)9-644644 ext. 8121 or send us an e-mail at: contact@obesitysurgerylebanon.com