The Weight Loss Surgery Experience
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third of U.S. adults are obese and another third are overweight. Weight loss surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that can help obese individuals achieve weight loss and improve other health issues that they may be experiencing as a result of their obesity. Obesity-related issues such as type-2 diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease and sleep apnea may improve with even moderate weight loss.
People who have tried losing weight through other means and have a body mass index of 35 or higher generally qualify for weight loss surgery. However, if you are suffering from obesity-related health issues, you may qualify for weight loss surgery with a BMI of 30 or higher.
Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery
Prior to surgery, you will have a consultation with your bariatric surgeon to go over specific details of adjustments you may be asked to make to your diet and medications in advance of your weight loss surgery.
Weight loss surgery is done with minimally invasive or laparoscopic methods, which makes both the procedure and the recovery easier on the individual. Because the procedure is minimally invasive, you can expect a shorter hospital stay, smaller scars and quicker recovery times.
After surgery, you’ll have detailed instructions on what type of activity level and diet you can have immediately following surgery. Your bariatric surgeon will also schedule follow-up appointments with you as part of your aftercare.
Tips for a Successful Experience
Your bariatric surgery team will give you detailed instructions before, during and after surgery regarding your lifestyle habits, including your diet and the medications you take, as well as your sleep and exercise habits. Be sure to ask questions if you are unclear about anything.
Here are some additional tips:
- Follow your bariatric surgeon’s instructions – Based on your health situation, you may have specific considerations that others may not have. Adhering to your weight loss surgeon’s recommendations is essential to your success.
- Have support in place – Before, during and after surgery, it’s important to have a support system in place. Friends, family and co-workers may all provide some kind of support for you during this time. From driving you to appointments to providing encouragement, find people who can help you during this time. Your weight loss surgeon may also be able to recommend a support group.
- Take care of your body – Weight loss surgery is one step in the process to enjoying greater health. Practice more self-care by getting better sleep, managing your stress levels and listening to your body to give it what it needs.
Weight loss surgery will bring about many changes in your body, mind and spirit. Be patient with yourself as you transform and continue moving toward improved health.