Weight loss surgery is major surgery. Although most patients
enjoy an improvement in obesity-related health conditions (such as
mobility, self-image and self-esteem) after the successful results
of weight loss surgery, these results should not be the overriding
motivation for having the procedure.
The goal is to live better, healthier and longer.
That is why you should make the decision to have weight loss
surgery only after careful consideration and consultation with an
experienced bariatric surgeon or a knowledgeable family physician.
A qualified surgeon should answer your questions clearly and
explain the exact details of the procedure, the extent of the
recovery period and the reality of the follow-up care that will be
required. They may, as part of routine evaluation for weight loss
surgery, require that you consult with a dietician/nutritionist and
a psychiatrist/therapist. This is to help establish a clear
understanding of the post-operative changes in behavior that are
essential for long-term success.
It is important to remember that there are no ironclad
guarantees in any kind of medicine or surgery. There can be
unexpected outcomes in even the simplest procedures. What can be
said, however, is that weight loss surgery will only succeed when
the patient makes a lifelong commitment. Some of the challenges
facing a person after weight loss surgery can be unexpected.
Lifestyle changes can strain relationships within families and
between married couples. To help patients achieve their goals and
deal with the changes surgery and weight loss can bring, most
bariatric surgeons offer follow-up care that includes support
groups, dieticians and other forms of continuing education.
Ultimately, the decision to have the procedure is entirely up to
you. After having heard all the information, you must decide if the
benefits outweigh the side effects and potential complications.
This surgery is only a tool. Your ultimate success depends on
strict adherence to the recommended dietary, exercise and lifestyle
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