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.
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?
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.