How to Decide if Weight Loss Surgery is Right for You

by admin on June 13, 2013

obesity surgery

If you are severely obese, then you may know that you have a chronic health condition that can be very difficult to treat and can feel impossible to overcome. Though gradual, doctor monitored changes in diet and activity level can help some to lose the weight, others need additional assistance. For some, weight loss surgery – also known as bariatric surgery – can be necessary. But how do you know what is right for you? Should surgery be considered your best option?

The weight loss surgery can help some people with severe obesity by restricting the intake of food or by creating a digestive process interruption. That said, this doesn’t just mean that if you have weight loss surgery, you’ll suddenly find it easy to lose weight. This is a serious procedure and it involves a major decision that will lead to dramatic lifestyle changes. It is critical that you understand both the good and the bad side of this treatment for your condition before you go under the knife.

To start, you should know that obesity surgery will involve opening you up and making changes to either your stomach or your small intestine, or both.

If you feel that it might be the right option to help you to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight, then your next step should be to your general practitioner’s office so that you can discuss it with your doctor. He or she will be able to provide you with more information that will help you to understand whether or not this is appropriate and/or safe for you, considering your unique needs and medical history.

You may find that your doctor has also had other patients who have undergone this type of weight loss surgery and will be able to share the results of the therapy (without telling you the names of the patients, of course) so that you can obtain a better idea of what you might be able to expect. Your doctor may also be able to refer you to a surgeon in your area.

Before you make your final decision, it is also a good idea for you to read as much as you can from reputable sources about the various different procedures that are available. When you use the internet to find this information, be sure to exercise caution, as some websites have greater accuracy than others. Official websites such as the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery may help you to obtain a strong sense of the benefits and the risks of various procedures.

Remember that weight loss surgery is considered to be an effort of last resort. If there are still other options available to you, it may be better and healthier for you to give them a try before falling back on a surgical procedure.

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