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Woman Measuring Her Waist Size Before and After Bariatric Surgery

How Bariatric Surgery Works

Weight Loss Surgery is Here to HelpWoman Measuring Her Waist Size Before and After Bariatric Surgery

Choosing weight loss surgery can be a difficult decision, but don’t be afraid of having to go through it without knowing anything about it: there is plenty of information about all of the possible procedures that you may have to assist you in your weight loss journey. Like any surgery, there is a process involved, risks, and you will need to give yourself time to heal. You will have access to a medical team that will be able to answer specific medical questions for you, and help get you and keep you on track to success.

Primary Care Physician Recommendation

Before you are able to enter a center for weight loss surgery, you will need to spend time talking to your regular doctor. Tests need to be run by your doctor, and serious conversations had with family, or whomever would care for you after your surgery. Though bariatric surgeries are low-risk surgeries, they are still surgeries, and they still carry risks. Your doctor may feel that you are a good candidate for bariatric surgery, based on your body mass index (or BMI), or your weight alone. Your doctor may also need to factor in if and how you’re affected by some chronic conditions. If you are a person who lives with hemophilia, there are special precautions that will need to be taken to assure your safety. After your have your doctor’s approval, you will choose a weight loss surgery center.

Weight Loss Surgeon Consultation

After you have spoken with your doctor, the surgeon that will be responsible for your surgery will meet with you to assess the possibilities. Either your primary care doctor, or your surgeon will determine which type of bariatric surgery is best for you. With the exception of the Lap Band, bariatric surgery is a permanent alteration in the size of your stomach pouch, and your doctor and surgeon will both iterate this to you.

Your Procedure

Some doctors are able to perform laparoscopic operations, which are surgeries that involve very small incisions, just large enough to insert equipment, and the procedures themselves guided with small cameras. Operating in this way lessens your chance of experiencing complications during the procedure or after you’ve left the facility. Whether or not your doctor performs the surgery this way, you are having a low-risk procedure that will likely only require an overnight to two-day hospital stay.

After Surgery

Once you have taken the time that your medical team has determined to be appropriate for you to stay in the hospital, you are free to go home, but you will need to continue to rest as you heal. Despite the fact that you just had surgery to set you on a path to better health, you should remember that your body feels as if it has just been injured. Your first meal may come right back up, and your surgeon will be able to tell you if the amount of vomiting that you are experiencing is normal.  Once you have had time to heal, you will be able to move on to have a healthier life, taking one day at a time.