The decision to have bariatric surgery is not an easy one to make. Weight loss surgery can help you improve your health and attain a higher quality of life, but it isn’t a quick fix, and it is not the right choice for everyone.
If you are considering having bariatric surgery to lose weight, here are some questions to ask your doctor.
- Am I a good candidate for bariatric surgery?
- Can bariatric surgery help improve any existing health conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or sleep apnea?
- Should I try other weight loss options before surgery?
- What are the different types of bariatric surgery available?
- What are the risks and benefits of each type of surgery? How common are complications from bariatric surgery?
- Which type of surgery is the best option to help me lose weight and keep it off?
- How will the surgery help me lose weight? How much weight can I expect to lose? Is it likely that I will regain weight after surgery?
- What do I need to do to prepare myself mentally and physically before having bariatric surgery?
- How long will the surgery last? How long will I need to stay in the hospital after surgery?
- What can I expect in terms of wounds and scarring after bariatric surgery?
- What will my recovery be like? How active can/should I be when I get home? When will I be able to return to work?
- How will I need to adjust my lifestyle after bariatric surgery? What kinds of food will I be able to eat? Are there activities or exercises I should avoid after surgery?
There is not a one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss surgery. Find a bariatric surgeon who understands your unique case and will help you find the weight loss option that is best for your health and lifestyle. Taking time to your doctor these questions (and any other questions you may have) can help you make the decision that is best for you.