• Weight Loss Surgery: Where Do I Start?

    Making the decision to lose weight through weight loss surgery requires a long-term commitment. Long before you have surgery, it is essential to understand where to start the process. During this journey, you may discover surgery is not right for you or that you do not meet the qualifications. If this is the case, don’t worry, as there are other effective methods to still help you achieve healthy weight loss.

    Step 1: Read and Research

    Take some time to learn about the different types of surgeries used for weight loss and what they entail. Post-surgery requires some major lifestyle changes in diet and exercise. In many cases, this also means being limited to certain types of foods for an extended period of time.

    Step 2: Consult with a Nutritionist

    Schedule an appointment to talk to one of our nutritionists to discuss your weight loss objectives. Some people are surprised to discover they can lose weight by simply changing their eating and exercise habits. Your nutritionist will be there for you to provide guidance and support. In fact, prior to the surgery, patients are often required to adjust their eating and dietary habits. Getting a head start on this change will be beneficial should you qualify for surgery.

    Weight Loss Surgery Options

    Step 3: Qualify for Surgery

    Not everyone will be an ideal candidate for surgery. There are certain qualifications one must satisfy, such as:

    • You are unable to lose weight through dietary changes, regular exercise, and other such methods.
    • You have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, with or without any other medical issues or diseases.
    • You have a BMI of 35 or higher, along with other medical issues and diseases, such as Type II diabetes, sleep apnea, or hypertension (high blood pressure).

    Step 4: Consult with a Weight Loss Surgeon

    Most surgeons are happy to sit down and discuss your weight loss goals and objectives. They can answer any question you might have, as well as make recommendations. In addition, they could require you to attend an informational seminar and other required meetings and classes. These sessions are part of your weight loss journey to determine whether surgery is the best answer.

    There are numerous questions you will have to answer for yourself through each of these steps, including:

    • Can you follow a long-term treatment plan?
    • Can you make lifestyle changes and stick with them?
    • Are you willing to assume the risks associated with surgery?
    • Are you willing to give up certain habits, such as smoking and alcohol?
    • Do you have a supportive environment among friends and family?

    Types Weight Loss Surgery

    After going through this process and completing each of these steps, if you qualify for surgery and decide it is right for you, then there are additional preparations you will need to make. Your bariatric weight loss surgeon and his or her staff will educate and inform you about these as you prepare for surgery.

    To find out what weight loss surgery options you might qualify for or to learn about alternative methods to healthy weight loss, please feel free to contact 1st Choice Weight Loss at (281) 888-7767 today!

    DISCLAIMER: The above is for general informational purposes only. All people should consult with their primary care provider prior to using or following any recommendations featured in our articles, blog posts, or videos. Every individual has his or her own specific needs and limitations of which only treating physicians will be fully aware.

  • Step-by-Step Guide to Gastric Bypass Surgery

    There are several steps you will need to be fully committed to once you decide you want gastric bypass surgery . It is important you complete each step and not rush through the process. Your surgeon has carefully outlined these steps as a means to reduce surgical and post-surgery risks, as well as help you succeed and reach your weight loss goals.

    Step 1: Become Qualified for Surgery

    This step involves scheduling a consultation appointment to determine your body mass index (BMI) to see if it is within the range for bypass surgery. Your surgeon will also want you to attend a seminar or do a one on one consultation, to discuss any health issues you might have, the recommended procedure in details including benefits, alternatives, risks involved, and the preparation phase and tests needed prior to surgery.

    Become Qualified for Surgery

    Step 2: Review Your Payment Options

    Your health insurance may pay a portion of the surgery. You will want to find out ahead of time to know what amount you will be responsible to pay. This is also the time to discuss payment options with your surgeon’s staff and work out an appropriate payment plan.

    Step 3: Schedule a Follow-up Consultation

    At this visit, your surgeon might offer you a tentative date for your surgery. Prior to the surgery date, you will have some goals to meet, which may include some preliminary weight loss. If you fall short or fail to meet these on time, your surgery might have to be rescheduled.

    Step 4: Meet with a Nutritionist

    Part of your long-term weight loss objectives will be to change your current dietary habits. Your nutritionist ( we have a dedicated full time dietitian in our office) prescribes a new diet you need to follow both prior to and after your surgery. In addition, you will be asked to start exercising before your surgery, all based on each patient abilities and health condition.

    Step 5: Meet Pre-Surgery Weight Loss Goals

    In some cases, your surgeon may have recommended you lose a certain amount of weight before you can have bypass surgery. Any weight you are asked to lose shows your surgeon you are committed to losing weight. Plus, you may be required to do so in order to reduce surgical risks.

    Step 6: Stop Using Tobacco

    If you use tobacco products, your surgeon may require you to stop prior to surgery. Stopping helps reduce surgical risks, as well as improves your overall long-term health and well-being.

    Step 7: Schedule and Complete Any Pre-Surgery Tests

    You will need to have a variety of lab work completed as well as other medical tests prior to your surgery. Your surgeon may also request you meet with a phycologist or psychiatrist prior to the surgery and post-surgery, as needed.

    Gastric Bypass Surgery

    Step 8: Surgery Day

    Once you have completed all the other steps, now it is time for your bypass surgery. Expect to be hospitalized for an average of one to two nights post-surgery.
    After surgery, your new life is just beginning. You will have a new diet to follow, along with follow-up appointments to monitor your recovery.

    If you are considering weight loss surgery and are ready to start the process or have further questions, please feel free to contact 1st Choice Weight Loss at (281) 888-7767 to schedule a consultation appointment today!

    Disclaimer: This above is only for general information. All individuals should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles, blog posts, or videos. All people have individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.