Weight Loss Surgery - Is It for You?
Choosing Weight Loss Surgery
Weight loss surgery is major surgery. You should make the decision to have weight loss surgery only after careful consideration and consultation with your physician.
Before you proceed you should know:
- Details of the procedure you are having
- Extent of the recovery period
- Reality of the required follow-up care
The actual weight lost after surgery is dependent on several factors. These include:
- Weight before surgery
- Overall health
- Surgical procedure
- Ability to exercise
- Commitment to maintaining dietary guidelines and other follow-up care
- Motivation of patient and cooperation of their family, friends and associates
Clinical studies show that, following surgery, most patients lose weight rapidly and continue to do so until 18 to 24 months after the procedure. Patients may lose 30 to 50% of their excess weight in the first six months and 77% of excess weight as early as 12 months after surgery. Another study showed that patients can maintain a 50-60% loss of excess weight 10-14 years after surgery.
Ultimately, the decision is up to you. After doing your research, you must decide if the benefits outweigh the side effects and potential complications. This surgery is only a tool. Your ultimate success depends on strict adherence to the recommended dietary, exercise and lifestyle changes.