Choosing whether or not to have weight loss surgery is an important decision and has a strong impact on your life, so it is essential that you carefully consider your options before deciding to have any weight loss surgery.
If you are seriously considering bariatric surgery, remember these things:
1. Research the surgery
Find out more about the success and failure rates, whether or not the surgery is reversible, potential complications of having the surgery, possible side effects, and post-operation care.
2. Talk to your doctor
Your doctor will be able to better assess your personal situation and how the surgery may impact your health. If you are deciding on a surgeon for weight loss surgery, try to find out their past success rates and read patient reviews if they are available.
3. Figure out what your insurance will cover
Remember that health insurance coverage for the surgery varies from plan to plan, so find out what your personal health insurance will cover.
4. Get your health checked
Keep in mind that the success rates, complications of surgery and health outcomes of the surgery all depend on your individual situation and health status.
5. Have a post-operation diet plan
If you have decided to take on such surgery, it is essential that you seek your doctor's advice on your post-op dietary plan.
Remember that weight loss surgery is not a definite solution for weight loss and you can gain the weight back if you do not eat properly and exercise after surgery.
Weight loss surgery, as compared to other weight loss methods, is certainly one of the faster ways to reduce the extra pounds on your body, but it does not come without drawbacks. Only you and your doctor can decide on whether or not the surgery is for you. In any case, losing weight can help you feel more confident, give you higher self-esteem, and benefit many aspects of your health.
Have you tried any weight loss surgery? If yes, did you suffer from any complications after the operation? If no, do you see such surgery as an option to losing that extra weight in your body?
Edited by Registered Dietitian Arielle Kamps, M.S., R.D, L.D. Via HealthMatters.sg, a Singapore Health and Fitness blog that aims to help you lose weight, keep fit, and live healthy. Click here to get our free guide "Eat Your Way to Health — Secrets of a Healthy Diet".