Bariatric Surgery Expectations
If you have decided that you are tired of being overweight and you want to make a permanent change to your life, bariatric surgery might be an option to consider. Bariatric surgery is for people who have a Body Mass Index of 30-35 or above and who have unsuccessfully tried a number of diets over the years. In order to achieve a healthy lifestyle, you may feel as if bariatric surgery is your last result. As you consider the procedure, it is good to have the right expectations set towards the process.
Bariatric Surgery Specifics
The specifics of your bariatric surgery will depend on your individual situation. There are many different types of weight loss surgery you can have, and the doctor you choose will have different practices as well. Some surgeries are done with traditional, large open incisions. Most bariatric surgery today, however, is performed laparoscopically. This requires only small cuts, which makes it easier to recover faster. Surgery itself usually takes several hours. After the surgery, which is done under general anesthesia, you awaken in a recovery room where you are monitored for possible complications. You may stay in the hospital for 3-5 days to recover before you go home.
Types of Bariatric Surgery
There are many different types of weight loss surgery to consider. You will want to talk over the options with your doctor and see which route is best for you. Gastric Bypass surgery is the most common. It decreases the amount of food you can eat and absorb in one sitting. This surgery is not typically reversible and your stomach can hold about 3 pints of food after the surgery. Gastric Sleeve Surgery is a newer surgery that changes the structure of your stomach to be shaped more like a tube, which limits the amount of calories your body can absorb at a time. There are other types of bariatric surgery options to consider as well. The type you choose will depend on your health problems, your eating habits, your BMI, and many other factors.
After your surgery, you should start to lose weight because you will have to restrict your food intake. You will also have several other things that need to happen as you heal. First, you won’t eat for a few days after your surgery so your system can heal. Then, you will have to follow a very specific diet for the next three months. That will include just liquids at first before you move on to ground up food and then regular food. You will have to restrict how much you eat or drink at one time. You will also have frequent checkups to monitor your weight loss and overall health after the bariatric surgery. As you recover, you may feel tired, cold, and have body aches as your body adjusts to your new limits and attempts to heal from the surgery. But in the end, the bariatric surgery should be able to help you reach your weight loss goals. Make sure you talk over all considerations as well as what to do before, during, and after surgery with your doctor.