If you have struggled to lose weight with diet and exercise alone, bariatric surgery can help you lose weight and improve your health. While there are a variety of weight loss procedures available, most of them aim to reduce the capacity of your stomach and digestive system to reduce the amount of food you take in.
Many patients have found success with bariatric surgery as a way to kickstart their weight loss journey and adopt healthier habits. As you lose weight following bariatric surgery, you should also see an improvement in health problems related to obesity.
If you’re interested in learning about weight loss surgery, it’s important to talk to your doctor about your current health, your weight loss goals, and your surgery options. If you’re wondering whether a weight loss procedure may be right for you, ask your doctor the following questions:
Am I a good candidate for weight loss surgery?
Generally, doctors won’t recommend weight loss surgery unless you’ve first tried a medically supervised weight loss program. To be considered for weight loss surgery, you’ll need to be about 100 pounds above your ideal weight. Your Body Mass Index (BMI) should be greater than 40 or greater than 35 if you have obesity-related issues such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure. You shouldn’t abuse drugs or alcohol or have a major psychiatric disorder. Your age and general health are also factors your doctor will consider.
What are the risks?
Bariatric surgery can yield significant benefits for your overall health and quality of life. By making it easier to lose weight and maintain a healthy body composition, weight loss surgery can help you lower your risk of serious health conditions like heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and stroke.
However, as with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with bariatric surgery. Weight loss procedures can sometimes lead to short-term side effects or complications like infection, acid reflux, or nausea. In addition, bariatric surgeries are associated with a heightened risk of some long-term complications, such as hernias, ulcers, and blood sugar issues. That being said, several thousand people undergo bariatric surgery each year without experiencing any significant complications.
The risks associated with bariatric surgery will vary depending on your personal health history and the procedure you choose, and only your doctor can help you evaluate which surgery may be right for you. Obesity can cause many health problems that can be alleviated by weight loss surgery.
What types of surgery do you recommend?
A weight loss surgeon should offer several different types of surgery and recommend the best one for you. Options may include the following:
- Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy – This surgery removes part of your stomach, making you feel full after eating a small amount of food.
- Gastric Banding – Your surgeon will place a constrictive LAP-BAND around part of your stomach. It will be able to expand less than before, so you’ll feel full more quickly.
- Gastric Balloon – This surgery inserts a soft gastric balloon into your stomach, where it’s then inflated. It takes up space to help slow digestion and help you reduce your portion sizes. Your surgeon will remove the balloon after six months, and you’ll continue to eat smaller portions.
- Roux-en-Y – This surgery reduces the size of your stomach and reroutes your small intestine, enabling food to bypass the lower part of your stomach.
What lifestyle changes will I need to make after my surgery?
Bariatric surgery requires you to make certain changes to your lifestyle. Your doctor will provide guidelines on how you should eat and exercise to support a successful recovery and aid weight loss after your procedure.
After most surgeries, you can only have soft foods and liquids, and other foods will then be reintroduced to your diet gradually. You’ll need to abstain from consuming alcohol and caffeine for the first few months after surgery.
An exercise and nutrition plan will also be a part of your post-surgery lifestyle. After weight loss surgery, it’s typically advised to incorporate more whole foods into your diet while reducing portion sizes and cutting back on sugar and soda. Striving to drink more water and cook more healthy meals at home are also suggested habits following bariatric surgery. It’s a good idea to pre-plan and portion your meals to assist in establishing healthy eating habits and avoiding restricted foods.
You should wait for your physician to give you the go-ahead before you begin your exercise regimen after surgery. Once you’ve healed enough to exercise, activities like jogging, swimming, and weight training can help you manage your weight. However, you can also find simple ways to incorporate more movement into your daily life, such as choosing the stairs over the elevator or traveling on foot when possible.
Reach Out to Learn More
If you’ve struggled with obesity, contact Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgery Institute, P.C., a bariatric surgery center with multiple offices in metro Atlanta. We offer state-of-the-art facilities and experienced staff who would love to help you start your weight loss journey.
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