Embolic Event Prevention

  • No smoking
  • Must be smoke-free for three to six months prior to surgery
  • Stop hormone replacement therapies (estrogen, progesterone or birth control pill, patch or ring) one month prior to surgery
  • Compression boots during surgery and hospital stay
  • Early ambulation
  • Lovenox (blood thinner) during hospital stay
  • Anti-embolic exercises
  •  Patients with a history of blood clots will be assessed for need for IVC filter pre-operatively


  • Recipes After Weight Loss Surgery: Delicious Dishes for Nourishing the New You by Margaret Furtado and Lynette Schultz
  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Well After Weight Loss Surgery by Margaret Furtado and Joseph Ewing
  • Walk from Obesity Cookbook by Chef Dave Fouts
  • The Beck Diet Solution by Judith Beck
  • Eating Mindfully: How to Enjoy Mindless Eating and Enjoy a Balanced Relationship with Food by Susan Albers

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What does a general surgeon do?
General surgeons focus primarily on abdominal, breast and soft tissue surgeries. Some general surgeons also perform vascular, chest and endocrine surgeries as well.

How long will I be off work?
The time off work varies greatly depending on the type of surgery, but in general patients are usually ready to return to work in one to two weeks.

How long will my surgery take?
The length of surgery varies greatly depending on the type and extent of the procedure being performed. Small procedures can be done in as little as 30 minutes whereas larger, more complicated procedures may take several hours. 

What will the day of surgery be like?
Patients usually are not allowed to eat after midnight on the day before surgery. They arrive at the hospital 1-2 hours before the surgery for pre-operative testing and evaluation by the anesthesiologist. The surgery is then performed and afterwards the patients go to recovery room. After recovery, the patient is either admitted to the hospital or discharged home depending on the type and extent of the surgery.

When will I be back to normal activity after surgery?
This varies dramatically depending on the type and extent of your surgery, but in general, most patients are back to their normal activities in 1-2 weeks. Your surgeon may have specific restrictions depending on the type of surgery that is performed.

Do general surgeons perform breast cancer surgery?
Absolutely. In fact, general surgeons do the majority of breast cancer surgery. If breast reconstruction is desired, this portion of the surgery will usually be done by a plastic surgeon.

How can I contact my surgeon if I have questions or concerns?
By dialing 217.528.7541, you will be able to speak with your surgeon or their nurse during normal business hours. After hours calls are to the same phone number, but may be answered by either the TeleNurse or the surgeon on call. Someone is available to take your calls 24 hours a day.

Will I be asleep for the surgery?
Anesthesia ranges from light sedation to general anesthesia (completely asleep). The type of anesthesia used for surgery depends on many factors including the type of surgery that is being performed, surgeon preference and your overall health.

Will my surgery be inpatient or outpatient?
This depends on the type and extent of your surgery as well as your overall health. This will be determined by your surgeon at your pre-operative meeting or on the day of surgery. 

Do you perform “laser surgery?”
Most patients are referring to laparoscopic, or minimally invasive, surgery when they ask this question. This type of surgery is not actually performed with lasers, but rather very small incisions and a camera. And, yes, we do perform laparoscopic surgery for a variety of surgical problems. 

What does minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery mean?
This is surgery performed with small incisions and the use of a camera. It is done for a variety of surgical problems.

What types of procedures can be done using minimally invasive surgery?
A whole array of surgeries can be done with a minimally invasive approach. In general, most abdominal surgeries can potentially be done this way. 

Some of the surgeries that we offer with a minimally invasive approach include: 

  • Adrenal Gland
  • Appendix
  • Bariatric (Weight Loss)
  • Colon Gallbladder
  • Gastric Reflux
  • Hernia
  • Pancreas
  • Small Bowel
  • Spleen
  • Stomach

What are the benefits of minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery?
In general, patients who undergo minimally invasive surgery as opposed to traditional open surgery have a quicker return to normal activity, decreased surgical pain, shorter recovery time and smaller incisions. Also, many of these procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis.