You should make the decision to have weight loss surgery only after careful research, consideration, and consultation with qualified and experienced health care professionals.
A bariatric 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.
If you qualify for weight loss surgery, the final decision to proceed is ultimately up to you. After having heard all the information, you must decide if the benefits outweigh the side effects and potential complications.
Bariatric surgery can be an enormous benefit to people struggling with morbid obesity. Most importantly, bariatric surgery saves lives. Facts supporting the effectiveness of bariatric surgery as a weight loss tool and as treatment for obesity-related health conditions grow each month. Recent studies show that bariatric surgery patients are living longer lives. You also can see the benefits of bariatric surgery when you look back on how individual lives have improved.
However, 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.
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.
The fact remains that morbid obesity is a complex chronic disease. For many patients, the risk of death from not having the surgery is greater than the risks from the possible complications of having the procedure.
That is the key reason that in the last year, approximately 100,000 weight loss surgical procedures were performed. Patients who have had the procedure and are benefiting from its results report improvements in their quality of life, social interactions, psychological well-being, employment opportunities and economic condition.
Some of the key questions you should ask include:
Please read over the key questions above, as well as the additional questions on our FAQs page.
1. What will your life be like after surgery? What changes will you need to make? How will this affect your life style and your loved ones?
2. What is BMI Surgery’s track record like? How much experience do they have? What have the outcomes been for BMI Surgery’s patients?
3. What if I have multiple obesity-related health conditions? In clinical studies, candidates for the procedure who had multiple obesity-related health conditions questioned whether they could safely have the surgery.
Studies show that even though the selection of surgical candidates
is based on very strict criteria, surgery is an option
for the majority of patients.
4. Weight loss surgery is only a tool. Your ultimate success depends on strict adherence to the recommended dietary, exercise and lifestyle changes.
If you have further questions or would like to know more, give us a call or sign up for a free, no-obligation Weight Loss Seminar.