If you are considering weight loss surgery, it is normal to have a long list of questions. Your consultation with your bariatric surgeon is a great opportunity to get the answers you need to make an informed decision about your next steps. It can be helpful to write down the questions you want to ask in advance, so you don’t forget anything during your appointment. Make sure these questions are on your list.
What weight loss procedure is right for me?
There are multiple forms of weight loss surgery. Not every surgery is right for each patient, and not every surgeon performs every kind of surgery. When making a recommendation to you, your surgeon will consider many different factors, including your current weight, weight loss goals, and overall health. If you have a preference for a specific procedure, speak up and ask your surgeon why it may or may not be right for you.
Do you offer patient resources before and after surgery?
The bariatric surgery itself is only part of the weight loss journey. Most patients benefit from both pre- and post-surgical support, including diet coaching and group meetings. These support systems help you learn the right way to eat to achieve your weight loss goals, how to deal with any complications or side effects from surgery, and how to stay motivated. For many patients, these resources are critical for their success, so be sure you understand what your surgeon can provide.
How can I be as healthy as possible for surgery?
Surgery always carries the risk of complications, and for people who are struggling with weight loss, anesthesia can cause concern. Many surgeons ask patients to follow a diet and attempt to lose a certain amount of weight before surgery in order to make anesthesia and surgery safer.
At Bariatric Care Centers, we offer extensive support to patients who are considering surgery as well as those who are recovering from weight loss procedures. Make your appointment for a consultation at our weight loss clinic in Houston by calling (713) 339-1353.
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.