Bariatric surgery won’t solve your problems overnight and your decision to have surgery shouldn’t be made quickly either. While it is true that bariatric surgery can help transform your health, it is important to remember that the surgery is just a tool, not a quick solution. Your decision for weight loss surgery is a lifelong commitment to yourself.
Get the Information
The most important step in making the decision to have weight loss surgery is to get all of the information you need about the various surgical weight loss options. Ultimately your doctors and the surgeon who will perform your surgery are your best resource for information about which procedure is right for you.
Talk to your doctors and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Review the checklist for the program with them and ask how to prepare for weight loss surgery and what it’s like after surgery. When you ask a question, make sure you understand the answer. Do not hesitate to ask for a clearer explanation given in simpler language.
It may take several doctor visits and consultations to arrive at the decision to have a surgical weight loss procedure. Patients who have had the same procedure can be very helpful in giving you a realistic view of what you can expect. Ask your doctor for names of others who have had similar procedures and are willing to discuss their experiences, good and bad, with you.
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Understand the Information
Although weight loss surgery can be life-altering, it is important to understand that there are potential risks and complications. Be well informed before you make your decision. You will need to give what is called "informed consent" for the procedure.
Informed consent is a legal term that means that a patient confirms that he or she has received and understood enough information about a procedure's benefits and risks to make the right decision.
Your surgeon will require you to sign a consent form before performing your procedure. Before you sign a consent form, you should have a solid understanding of what is about to take place. This includes full information about what you will need to do to live well after the operation and also the signs or symptoms of complications to look for which may occur after your surgery.
For More Information
If you think you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery, talk to your primary care physician about Danbury Hospital, call 1-800-516-3657 for more information, or attend a free event and learn more about losing weight through bariatric surgery and if it’s right for you.