Choosing Weight Loss Surgery
Weight loss surgery is one of the most major surgeries and although many patients receive a marked improvement in the condition of morbid obesity, this should not be the major deciding factor in electing this surgical procedure. The improvements from weight loss surgery include increased mobility, improved self esteem, and enhanced self image. The goal of having the procedure should be a healthier, longer, and better life.
The decision to have weight loss surgery should be made only after in depth consultations with a knowledgeable family physician or bariatric surgeon. Always look for a Bariatric Center of Excellence Surgeon and Facility when consulting a weight loss surgeon. This designation insures the surgeon and facility is both experienced and has maintained a level of quality expected by the best surgeons. An experienced and qualified surgeon will answer your questions in depth, explaining all the details of the procedure, the time period for recovery, and the details regarding the follow-up care that will be necessary. As a part of the evaluation for weight loss surgery, you may be required to consult with a nutritionist or therapist. This is to best prepare you for the changes that are essential for long term success after the surgery has been completed.
One important point of note is that there are never any long term guarantees when undergoing any type of medicinal treatment or surgery and in fact even the most basic procedures may yield unexpected outcomes. One certainty is that as long as the patient makes a lifelong commitment, weight loss surgery will be successful. There may be unexpected challenges for a person who has undergone weight loss surgery. Married couples may experience strains due to lifestyle changes. In order to help patients transition into a life of normalcy following surgery, we offer follow up care which includes help from dieticians, support groups, and continuing education.
In the end, the decision to undergo weight loss surgery will be completely up to you. After learning all the facts and hearing all the pertinent information, you will need to decide if the benefits outweigh the potential complications and side effects. Weight loss surgery in and of itself can open the door to lasting change in your life. However ultimately, your long term success is contingent upon how well you adhere to postoperative dietary, lifestyle, and exercise recommendations.
Freedom From Obesity is our weight loss surgery center serving the areas of Shreveport, Louisiana, Longview, Texas, Texarkana, TX, Bossier City, and the surrounding areas.