More and more people are considering weight loss surgery to help them combat obesity. Today, there are numerous bariatric surgery and procedures available for you to choose from. This is why it is important that you do some research to help you find the one that gives you the most benefits.
How Effective Is the Procedure?
Different procedures have different success rates. However, one of the most important things in finding an effective procedure is actually the specialist who will perform it and give you the pre- and post-operative care. Some things to think about:
- The experience of your surgeon.
- The facility itself in terms of their equipment and the aftercare they offer, which should include behavior, exercise and diet.
- How much you are included in the decision making process in terms of your surgery.
All types of weight loss surgery have the potential to be successful. What matters most is that you are given the right support by the right professionals to make it work.
You must be realistic about your expectations. The average outcomes in terms of percentage of excess weight loss after two years are:
- 70% to 90% for gastric bypass.
- 60% for sleeve gastrectomy.
- 50% for gastric band.
Again, however, it is about you committing to the procedure and the new lifestyle that you will have to live. Additionally, you have to think not just about how much weight you lose, but also how much your health and overall quality of life improves.
When you lose a huge amount of weight, you will experience loose skin, even if you lose the weight gradually. No matter which surgery you choose, you will experience this.
In most cases, a sleeve gastrectomy and a gastric bypass are more expensive than adjustable lap bands. However, it is likely that your insurance company will pay for the surgery. Hence, choose the one that will work best for you.
Lifestyle Changes and Follow Up
Crucial to your success is the follow up you get from the surgery and your commitment to sticking to important lifestyle changes. If you have a gastric band, you will have numerous follow up appointments to tighten the band. With all procedures, you will have some follow ups to monitor weight loss and to look at your diet and exercise regime.
Fear of Surgery
A lot of people are fearful of having surgery. Some procedures are more invasive than others, but there are now some procedures that can be done under local anesthetic. However, if you have chosen a surgeon and clinic that you trust, this should not be a major concern. At the same time, you must be realistic and know that all surgeries carry a degree of risk.
Choosing your surgery, clearly, is down to a number of factors. The most important factors are the surgeon and your expectations. You must see your surgeon as your partner, with whom you will work together throughout the experience.