Life would be better if only I could lose this weight. Things would be different if I didn’t look this way. “Daddy I love you even if you are fat.” Are these things you’ve said or heard in your life? Are you tired of feeling bad about the way you look, and are you ready to do just about anything to fix it? If you answered yes, then you might be asking yourself, “Should I have weight loss surgery?”
How Do I Know if I’m a Good Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?
- Are you (30% +) over your normal Body Mass Index for someone your age and height?
- Do you have comorbidities (other health problems) from being overweight such as, high blood pressure or diabetes?
- Are you Psychologically Stable? (this is an important one; you’ll have to take a test)
- Has dieting been ineffective for you?
These are just a few of the potential questions a doctor might ask you if you are considering Weight Loss Surgery. The way you answer them will guide your doctor in deciding if you are a good candidate. You could probably find a doctor who is willing to perform the surgery regardless of your answers, but be cautious. Many people think this is a Get Thin Quick Miracle; it’s not. This is a long, difficult, process and if you’re not prepared for it, you can be in for a long tough ride. As many as 70% of patients suffer from post-surgical depression, so BEFORE you rush into Weight Loss Surgery, do your homework.
- Talk to someone who has had the surgery.
- Read up on all aspects of the process, before, during, and after.
- Discuss with your doctor at length what to expect.
- Finally, really examine why you want to do this. Deep psychological issues can’t be cured with surgery.
Which Kind of Weight Loss Surgery Should I Have?
There are 4 basic types of Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery. The kind you would have depends on your needs and health condition.
- Gastric Bypass Surgery – This Weight Loss Surgery creates a small stomach pouch which is attached to the small intestines with staples and sutures.
- Gastric Lap-band Surgery– Also creates a smaller stomach, but in this case a silicone band is used instead of sutures and stitches. This is the most popular type of Bariatric Surgery as it is reversible. Doctors say that a temporary reversal is often requested. This is also known as one of the safest Bariatric Surgeries.
- Gastric Sleeve Surgery – In this procedure roughly 85% of the stomach is permanently removed and sown together. It is then attached to the small intestines. The structure looks like a tube or “sleeve”, and it is irreversible.
- Bilopancreatic Diversion Surgery – Here stomach size is also reduced, then permanently attached to the lower (distal) end of the small intestines.
Only your physician can tell you which Weight Loss Surgery would be best for you. There are set criteria that he or she will use; again based upon things like need and current health. Each surgery has different aspects to consider during the entire process from beginning to end. It’s important to know what those aspects are before you go into surgery.
What are the Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery?
There are numerous benefits from Bariatric Surgery. From the Psychological to Better Health, and borrowing any unforeseen post-surgical complications, it can improve your quality of life drastically.
- Reduced Body Fat
- Reversal of Type II Diabetes
- Improved Blood Pressure
- Alleviate Blood Clot Concerns
- Relief of Acid Reflux (Heartburn)
- Reduced Lower Back and Joint Pain
- More Energy
All these benefits are in addition to any particular health problems which could improve with each individual patient.
Should I Have the Surgery?
There’s a lot that goes into the decision about having Weight Loss Surgery. Only your physician can help you decide if it’s a good fit for you. There are other options available, some discussed in other articles in this series. Do your homework. Weigh the benefits vs. the risks and then make an informed, thought out decision. If you decide to have the procedure, life could take a very sharp upward turn. Be knowledgeable, and be ready for whatever your Weight Loss Surgery throws at you.
What is the medical name for the 4 types of Weight Loss Surgery?
True or False: You can tell your doctor what kind of Bariatric Surgery you want.
Which should you NOT do before deciding to have surgery?
a. Talk to someone who has had the surgery.
b. Read up on all aspects of the process, before, during, and after.
c. Buy new clothes.
d. Finally, really examine why you want to do this.
Answers at the bottom of the page!
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Answers: 1) d, 2) b, 3) c