Frequently Asked Questions About Bariatric Surgery
Common questions about weight loss surgery
Bariatric surgery can be a successful treatment for some people and it’s normal to be curious if the procedure is right for you. After bariatric treatment, you must be dedicated to making lifelong changes in your approach to food, nutrition and exercise.
Because obesity is linked to so many medical problems, it may be the right choice for your health goals. Keep reading to find answers to some of the most common questions about bariatric surgery.
While your doctor will be able to fully determine if you’re a candidate for bariatric surgery, basic qualifications for weight loss surgery include:
- Be age 18 years or older
- Have a BMI of: 40 or greater without other risk factors OR 35 or greater with weight-related risk factors, such as: Diabetes, Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, Sleep Apnea
- Experiencing diminished quality of life because of your weight
- Be willing to take recommended vitamins and minerals
Other common guidelines include:
- Having failed at previous attempts to lose weight
- Understanding the risks of bariatric surgery
- Committing to dietary and lifestyle changes recommended by your surgeon
- Undergoing a complete examination, including medical tests and a psychological evaluation
Your surgeon and doctor will be able to help you determine if bariatric surgery is an appropriate option for you. As you consider, there are things to keep in mind:
- Bariatric surgery is not cosmetic surgery
- Bariatric surgery does not involve the removal of adipose (fat) tissue by suction or surgical removal
- You must be dedicated to long-term lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise, which are key to your success
- Complications after surgery are rare, but you may need corrective procedures or opt to have plastic surgery following weight loss
If surgery is not right for you, our medically managed weight loss program can help you meet your goals.
- Learn about our program from our website, our online videos or our Facebook page.
- Speak to patients who have completed our program.
- Learn about healthy eating habits.
- Start a sustainable exercise program.
- Start to track your food intake.
- Attend a bariatric support group.
- Ask your family and friends for their support. Talk to them about why you want to have bariatric surgery. It helps to have people behind you, waiting to help.
While bariatric surgery can offer lifelong results, it is not a quick fix. After surgery, you’ll be on an ongoing journey toward transforming your health through lifestyle changes.
- You will feel satisfied and fuller with less food
- You will experience positive changes in your body, your weight and your health if you maintain the diet and exercise routines recommended by your bariatric program
- You may experience unexpected responses to alcohol after bariatric surgery and should avoid it, if possible
We offer psychological services for bariatric patients who have concerns regarding alcohol intake and other addictive or impulsive behaviors before or after surgery so you can feel supported throughout your health journey. Bariatric counseling services are also helpful as you navigate relationships, work and lifestyle while transitioning to a new way of life.