Things to know before going for a weight loss surgery

When having a healthy diet, or going for a tough dieting, regular exercise fails to lose your weight then surgeries are good and viable options to lose your weight. When the word surgery comes, many people become reluctant and have lots of questions, doubts in their mind, so we have answered few questions which would possibly clear all your doubts regarding obesity surgeries.

Should I go for weight loss surgery?

If your doctor with any studies and examinations suggests weight loss surgery as a first option than you must get alarmed because until and unless you have a BMI of more than or equal to 35, you are not eligible for this surgery.

Can bariatric surgery be performed in a minimally invasive way?

Yes, it can always be performed in a minimally invasive way with an added advantage of less pain and quick recovery.

What are the possible risks involved?

All the surgeries relating to weight loss have complications involved. Ask your doctor properly about the complications involved.

How quickly will I lose weight and will I put the weight back on again?

You lose weight quickly for two years but can be gained back if you consume deep-fried foods.

I have some health conditions related to my obesity. Will surgery still be an option for me?

Until and unless one goes for a proper examination of lungs and hearts, nothing can be clear.

Which weight loss surgery is best for me?

The lap band surgery is the safest surgery as compared to any other surgeries.

Will I have to change my lifestyle after the surgery?

Of course after the surgery, you have to pay a lot of attention to what you consume.

Will my mental state be checked prior to surgery?

Yes, a psychological screening has to be done, and only if the results are stable you may undergo this surgery.

How long will the surgery take?

1 to 3 hours generally but may extend for 4 to 6 hours, if additional procedures are also done.

How long will I have to stay in the hospital?

Normally its 3 days but it may extend for about a month is complacencies arise.

What am I supposed to eat after the operation?

Liquid food for a couple of weeks, and then gradually increase in regular food in the next three months.

What is the recuperation period for weight loss surgery?

It depends on the surgery. For lap band surgery one can get back to work within a week, but for others, it may extend to 4 weeks.

Do my family and friends also need to understand this surgery?

If they can help you with post-surgery recovery program, then possibly yes.

How much will weight loss surgery cost me?

The cost can range from $17,000 – $25,000 whereas surgery in Mexico, Costa Rica, India and other medical tourism centers abroad comes at a fraction of US cost.

What if I don’t have health insurance or if my health plan does not cover bariatric surgery?

People are taking medical tourism places as a viable option for surgeries which are cheap and of good quality.

What support will be available to help me cope after the operation?

To follow up extensive diet plans you need a follow-up group post surgery.

Is obesity surgery for children?

Surgery is only recommended for children after they have gone through puberty.

Will I still be able to get pregnant?

Pregnancy is not advised for a year after the surgery.

How do I handle extra skin and stretch marks?

You may go for a plastic surgery once you reach your ideal weight.

Is weight loss surgery reversible?

The lap band procedure and the Gastric bypass surgery is reversible.

Can I get the body of a supermodel after obesity surgery?

After a Bariatric Surgery if you comply fully with all the norms, then you may get close.