If you have considered weight loss surgery, your doctor may have suggested learning more about what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. Not only do surgeons require bariatric surgery patients to be in good health for the procedure, but it is also necessary to mentally prepare yourself for the journey ahead. It is not a cure for your weight issues. It will still take hard work and dedication to be successful in the long-term. Weight loss surgery is a great tool to help you lose the weight you desire.
Realistic Weight Loss Expectations After Surgery
It should be noted that bariatric surgery is only for those patients who are obese with a BMI of at least 30 or more. In the first year after surgery, the amount a patient will lose depends on the type of procedure received. It is expected for patients to lose between 50 and 70 percent of their extra body fat in the first two years regardless of which type of weight loss surgery they get completed.
What To Expect Before Surgery
Oftentimes, doctors may have patients lose some weight before they allow the surgery. This is to improve a patient’s health before the procedure and to show the doctor you are ready for the commitment to changing your life. It is common for surgeons to have patients lose anywhere from 15 to 40 pounds before their surgery date.
If you are a smoker, your doctor will most likely ask you to quit. This will allow for safer surgery and will improve your overall health. It will also decrease your risk of getting lung cancer. Additionally, your doctor might suggest you see a nutritionist for help changing the way you eat. The more eating habits you change before your surgery, the better you can adapt to your new life after the procedure and achieve better results.
The Inherent Risks Of Surgery
Weight loss surgery carries risks just like any other type of surgery. Both the risks and benefits should be considered before choosing to elect the procedure. With bariatric surgery, complications such as blood clots and infections could happen. You may also be at risk for an increase in nutritional deficiencies after the procedure. Your doctor will want to closely monitor your health and have you submit to regular checkups to ensure your health stays on track. Eating healthy, exercising, and taking supplements can help you reduce these risks.
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