Bariatric Surgery: 6 Questions to Ask Yourself
While it’s true that bariatric surgery is the most effective way for people who have obesity to lose weight and keep it off, it takes commitment. Think of surgery as a tool you can use to achieve long-term weight loss. You still have to eat healthy foods and exercise regularly. Otherwise, you can gain your weight back.
Here are six questions to ask yourself to help you decide if weight-loss surgery is the right strategy.
- Have you been unable to lose weight or keep it off using nonsurgical methods such as lifestyle changes or drug treatment? Don’t feel bad if this has been your experience. For some people, losing weight involves more than cutting calories and walking every day.
- Do you understand what the operation involves? The changes you experience will depend on what type of surgery is appropriate for you. Make sure you understand how long recovery takes and how you’ll need to eat after surgery.
- Do you know the risks and benefits of weight-loss surgery? There’s always a risk when you have any kind of surgery. For many people, the benefits outweigh the risks. Obesity not only raises your risk of an early death but it also increases the risk for certain cancers.
- Do you understand how eating and physical activity patterns will need to change after you have surgery? Weight-loss surgery will not work in the long-term if you try to eat large meals that have little nutrition. You will also need to exercise regularly to keep the weight from coming back.
- Can you commit to following lifelong healthy eating and physical activity habits? Come up with a realistic plan for how you will exercise consistently and eat healthy meals. At Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center, our Registered Dietitians can help you understand your nutritional needs.
- Can you commit to medical follow-up and the need to take extra vitamins and minerals? Patients who regularly visit their surgeon after surgery often have the best results. Taking vitamins and minerals will help supplement your diet after weight-loss surgery.
+ Are you a candidate for weight-loss surgery? Try our online body mass index calculator.