What You Should Know
The decision to proceed with any sort of bariatric surgery is a big one that takes time, doctor’s visits, money, and a lot of adjustment. Though the entire process is straightforward, and these days, easier than ever on the patient, there is still much to be considered. Making sure that your surgical weight loss center provides all of the answers to the questions that you may have along the way is an important step in your overall health during your weight loss journey. The length of the process can discourage some, but many people have benefitted immensely from moving past the first couple of steps, and gone on to live long, healthy lives. The steps listed here aren’t exhaustive, and don’t take special conditions into consideration; if you are living with a chronic condition, keeping your doctor close throughout the process is essential.
Start with Your Doctor
If you are considering weight loss surgery, it is important to talk to your primary care physician about the possibilities. Your doctor may steer you away from weight loss surgery for a variety of reasons: your body mass index (BMI) may not be high enough for weight loss surgery, your weight may be more healthy than you think, you may have a chronic condition that makes surgery too risky, you might have had another procedure that disqualifies you from having this one, or one or several other reasons. If after several appointments, discussions with your doctor, and conversations about the procedure with your family, you decide to move forward with the procedure, you would move on to the next step.
Consulting with a Weight Loss Center
Most cities have several weight loss surgery centers that are available to you. Checking with your health insurance to see which ones are covered by your plan is always recommended, but it is also possible that your doctor will recommend a center to you. When you have a place that you are interested in for your procedure, make sure to call to set up a consultation as soon as possible. The consultation is going to be similar to your doctor’s appointments in that your risks and possibilities will be evaluated, and recommendations made for you.
Having Your Procedure
After your doctor and your weight loss medical team have done everything to prepare you for your procedure, you head on in on your scheduled date at your scheduled time. Surgery can be an unnerving process for many, even when, like bariatric surgery so often is, the surgery is necessary to save a life. Your procedure will usually take between one and two hours, barring any complications, and you will remain in the weight loss center overnight, and possibly through the next night as well.
After Your Release
Taking care of your body after surgery is just as important as taking care of your body after major illness or sickness. Your body is fragile, and you will need time to physically and psychologically adjust to this new change in your life. Your weight loss center may offer support groups to keep you encouraged, seminars to give you tips for your new diet, and plenty of opportunity to keep in touch with your surgeon in the event that you experience complications. This can include abdominal or chest pain, excessive vomiting, rapid heartbeat, and dizziness. Take it easy, and you’ll be able to enjoy the results from your surgery soon!