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Points to Consider

A Lifelong Commitment to Improved Health

Ask Yourself

  • Am I convinced I can't lose weight any other way? Have I tried every other option?

  • Have I researched all aspects of bariatric surgery?

  • Am I committed and willing to lose weight and improve my health? Will I stick to my dietary guidelines? Exercise regularly?

  • Can I manage how my life will change after surgery?

  • Will I be able to eat small, healthful meals and chew each bite thoroughly and slowly?

  • Do I understand the risks of potential complications?

  • Will I maintain a regular schedule of doctor appointments for the rest of my life?

Think About

Weight loss surgery is major surgery. You should only make the decision after careful evaluation and consultations with an experienced bariatric surgeon. Here are some important considerations to keep in mind and discuss with your doctor:

  • Weight loss surgery should not be considered cosmetic surgery.

  • The surgery does not remove fat (like liposuction does).

  • Your current health risks must be weighed against the risks of surgery.

  • Bariatric surgery is not meant to be reversible.

  • Weight loss surgery can only be successful with long-term changes in diet, exercise, and lifestyle and strict follow-up care.

  • Problems can arise that require re-operations.

  • Bariatric surgery should only be considered after all other less invasive options, such as medically supervised weight loss programs, have been tried to exhaustion.

  • Weight loss surgery will dramatically alter your life—physically, emotionally, financially—and relationships with people and food.

What to Look Forward to

After surgery, most patients enjoy a longer, better quality of life with improved:

  • Mobility

  • Overall health (e.g., fewer symptoms of diabetes and reduced need for medication)

  • Self-image

  • Self-esteem