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Most Frequently Asked Questions… VSG pt.1

It feel like yesterday when we started this series and it’s already July! sadly we are at the finish line, this is our last theme, divided in two, here’s the thing… There was a lot of questions about getting a VSG so to not make it more complicated than it is we decided that two entry’s should do it!

Before we start with the answers, remember that if you have any questions about other procedures we have the answers for you in our blog! or you can always contact us and we’ll be happy to help, so now into VSG:

  • What Bougie size does the doctor use?

Depending upon the patient, we use a 32-34 French bougie for the gastric sleeve procedure. This is the bougie size that has the best results without having complications such as stenosis.

  • What Bougie size does the doctor use?

This is a Table of the possible complications reported in literature compared to BajaMed Group. As with any surgery, there can be complications. This list can include:

  • Is there any maintenance of the VSG required?

The VSG procedure differs from Lap-band surgery because it is free of “maintenance”. Meaning, you will not need any band adjustments or “fills”, nor will you have any erosions or slippage because you have no band. The VSG does not need regular checking (blood work, vitamin screening, etc.) as with other procedures.

  • Do you use sutures to close up the incisions?

Our physicians use absorbable sutures. Thus, no sutures need to be removed. Your small wounds will be covered with Steri-strips. They will stay on for about 7 days. You will be able to shower with regular soap and water. You will be instructed not to apply any ointments or creams on the wounds for 15 days. You will not be able to submerge in a bathtub, hot tub or a swimming pool for a couple of weeks.

  • How many incisions are done in the surgery and what size?


  • How much protein per day should I be eating?

Studies show that you should take between 60 to 80 grams of protein daily, especially in the first 6 to 12 months post-op.

  • What kind of diet will I be on the Post-op? Do you send me information?

We take our patients by the hand step by step. We will inform you pre surgery what will be required of you. This includes your post-op diet guide, any special instructions you may need as well as aftercare directions.

  • Should I be taking a vitamin everyday?

Although there are no reported vitamin deficiencies, we recommend a multivitamin (chewable) to our patients once daily.

  • Will I lose my hair?

Hair loss is the result of bad eating habits. You can prevent it by eating enough protein and taking your vitamin supplement.