How to prepare bariatric surgery?
Are you thinking about bariatric surgery? Then you might have the question:
How much weight will I lose?
Remember, bariatric surgery is for obese people (body mass index, or BMI, 30 or more).
How much weight you lose in the first year after surgery depends on the type of surgery. You may lose 50 to 70 percent of your extra weight in two years.
How do I find a surgeon?
When you consider a weight-loss surgeon, please ask the following questions:
Are they certified by the American surgical board?
Are they members of the American society for metabolic and bariatric surgery?
What is their success rate?
How many weight-loss surgeries do they do every year?
How often do their patients have complications? What side effects are most common?
Find a center or hospital offering education seminars, or a support group that can be turned around before and after your surgery.
What should I expect before surgery?
Your doctor may ask you to lose some weight before surgery to show your commitment to change and improve your health. Some surgeons ask people to try to lose between 15 and 30 pounds before surgery.
If you smoke, your doctor may tell you to quit smoking, both for your long-term health and to reduce the chance of problems during surgery. Smokers are more likely to have complications from surgery, such as pneumonia.
You can also meet with a nutritionist and change your diet. When people start building better eating habits before the surgery – small portions, slow eating, and a close focus on the nutritional composition of the diet – they are often better adapted to life after surgery.
What is risk?
All operations are at risk of infection or blood clots. Being obese makes complications more likely, especially if you have symptoms of early diabetes or heart disease.
A thorough examination should be conducted before the operation to identify potential problems. The use of experienced qualified surgeons is also critical.
Lack of nutrition, such as anemia, can also lead to medical problems. Your doctor will want to monitor your nutritional status through regular check-ups and follow a healthy diet and exercise program, including taking supplements.
What is recovery period?
Recovery time depends on the type of surgery. It usually takes at least one week to recover the gastric band, and gastric bypass surgery usually takes four weeks.
Because of new technology, bariatric surgery can often be minimally invasive through small incisions. In some centers around the country, bariatric surgery is even performed in the clinic.
How do I pay for surgery?
Contact your insurance company for coverage and requirements. Many insurance companies want to know what you did before surgery to lose weight.
Paying for weight loss surgery is very expensive. Typical weight loss operations range from $15,000 to $25,000. There may be financing options; Check the terms carefully so that you know you are entering.