For people who were unable to lose weight through exercise and diet, weight loss surgery is often the next step. Weight loss surgery is not without risks, so it’s important to be sure you are a good candidate before going through with the procedure. The main factors that determine whether or not you are a good candidate are your condition and your commitment.
If you are an adult who is morbidly obese, you might be a candidate for weight loss surgery, especially if you have a weight-related condition, like type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure, sleep apnea, or osteoarthritis… If you have not tried dieting and exercise, your condition may not warrant surgery. Weight loss surgery should not be performed on patients whose conditions can be drastically improved without surgery.
Before you consider weight loss surgery, you need to be truly committed to changing your lifestyle. If you have the procedure done and eat the same way you did before, you could gain the weight back or develop severe gastrointestinal problems. You also need to adhere to a strict diet immediately following surgery. Your doctor can help you understand the commitments you need to make before undergoing surgery. THE SURGERY IS A TOOL TO HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT, BUT YOU HAVE TO USE THIS TOOL WELL TO BE SUCCESSFUL, AND TO AVOID COMPLICATIONS.