Bariatric surgery encompasses several different weight loss procedures and requires careful consideration by patients. To make the choice that is right for you, be sure to ask your doctor about any of your concerns. The following are some questions that you should ask your bariatric surgeon before making a decision about surgery:
Am I a good candidate for bariatric surgery?
Most good candidates for weight loss surgery are adults who are obese, and especially those who have additional conditions that are weight-related, such as type 2 diabetes. The most successful patients are prepared to adjust their lifestyle and eating habits after their surgery.
Which procedure is right for me?
There are several types of weight loss surgeries you can consider, and one may be more suitable for your situation than another. Two of the most commonly performed bariatric procedures include gastric bypass, and gastric sleeve.
What results can I expect?
The decision to undergo surgery is a serious one, and you should take the time to decide if the potential benefits of a procedure are worth its risks.
What risks will I face?
Every surgical procedure carries risks, and they will vary between each treatment. Ask your doctor which bariatric surgery makes the most sense for your state of health.
How long will my recovery be?
While some bariatric surgeries are relatively simple, others are complex and will require time off from work and movement restrictions such as driving and lifting.
How much of what foods can I eat after surgery?
This question is essential to helping you decide on a particular procedure. Patients who aren’t willing to make the necessary dietary changes post-surgery are likely to have less success than those who are.
For individuals who are struggling with weight loss, bariatric surgery can potentially help them regain their health and shed extra pounds.
Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles and videos. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.