Bariatric Surgery – Is It the Right Decision?
The decision to undergo bariatric surgery is certainly not an easy one. While the benefits of surgery are very real, no-one wants to go under the knife to lose weight. However, just considering bariatric surgery is a great achievement and a first step in improving your life and your health. So congratulations!
It may be that, due to obesity, you can no longer tie your shoelaces or that something so simple requires a great deal of effort. Routine chores such as housework or picking things up off the floor at home or at work can be far more difficult than you would ever think possible. Playing with your pets or children for any extended period of time can be a virtual impossibility. Pain, strain and injury are common. We have seen each of these scenarios and many more at our practice – all causing pain (physical and psychological) and anxiety.
When you’re desperate, you might start thinking of surgery. But what if we told you that bariatric surgery is not really a desperate move? In fact, when you consider the dangers of untreated morbid obesity, the risks of surgery are very often lower than living with the disease.
So What’s Right for You?
It’s important to remember, first and foremost, that the term weight loss surgery is somewhat misleading. One of your goals will be to lose weight, to be sure, however the primary goal of this procedure is to improve or resolve the dangerous risks of morbid obesity including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, certain forms of cancer and much more. Consider the weight loss and subsequently looking great as just a pleasant side effect. Further, many patients come to us thinking that all they need is surgery. Not true. Losing weight is hard work and surgery will only be successful with lifestyle change. You must be ready to commit to your health for the rest of your life.
Of course, bariatric surgery is not right for everyone and the benefits of undergoing the procedure must outweigh the risks. For that reason and more, we have a comprehensive pre-operative qualification process that not only looks at your weight and history of obesity, but the many and varied factors that can affect your success after surgery.
Throughout the process you will have a team of dedicated professionals by your side. They include our center’s director, Jane, and our clinical coordinator, BJ, who are both bariatric patients themselves. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend support group and meet those that are at all stages of weight loss after their procedure.
Bariatric surgery is a very personal decision and we hope that no matter what path you take, it leads you to a full, healthy and active life.