All you need to know about Bariatric Surgery for Weight Loss
Generally, not every overweight individual is a good candidate for bariatric surgery. And managing obesity is not simply a matter of changing your appearance and getting rid of the extra weight. It will also help to improve your overall health and quality of life, enhancing your well-being and possibly adding years to your life.
Surgical weight loss programs are focused on delivering long-term health, and include a number of activities before your surgery, as well as post-operative care, a customized workout routine, nutritional counseling, support groups, and more. All these components are necessary for great success and keeping the extra weight off for life.
That said, surgery is almost always a last resort when other non-invasive remedies fail to deliver the results you want. Before taking the step to get rid of your weight surgically, it is expected that have done as much research as possible about bariatric surgery. Following the procedure, you can lose between 40 and 80% of your “excess” weight.
But the end results vary for different patients depending on several factors, including:
- How close you follow the doctor’s recommendations
- On-going support
Most of the weight loss occurs during the first few months after surgery, and continues for 12-18 months post bariatric surgery.
What to Expect
Your bariatric surgery team will provide a comprehensive surgical weight loss program that focuses on delivering long-term health, and includes a number of activities before your surgery, as well as post-operative care, a customized workout routine, nutritional counseling, support groups, and more.
Some of the pre-surgery assessments include:
- A complete psychological assessment by a specialist
- A pre-surgery dietary assessment by a dietitian
- A comprehensive exercise assessment and program development
- Review by a dedicated team of compassionate physicians and professional care before and after your surgery
Before taking the step to get rid of your weight surgically, we expect you to have done as much research as possible about bariatric surgery. Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Clapp to discuss your specific weight loss goals and the best bariatric weight loss surgery for your case.