Bariatric Surgery – When Are You Ready?

In the many years of practicing surgical weight loss, one of the most common feelings after surgery is “I wish I had done this sooner.” I understand the hesitation. Surgery is a significant commitment that’s daunting even for those that have had surgery before. Ultimately, with surgery, you take on certain risks inherent to any kind of intervention in the body’s systems.

However, the post-op change in most patients is so significant, that surgery may be the least risky option of all. When you take into account the risks of obesity and related diabetes, heart disease, acid reflux, pulmonary problems and even increased risk of cancer, the scale often tips in favor of bariatric surgery. Just as importantly is regaining quality of life. And I think that is what affects patients the most. Seeing what they can finally do after years or maybe even decades of inability or disability. Whether it is depression, physical disability or medical problems, quality-of-life living with obesity is significantly curtailed and, quite frankly, bariatric surgery can change all that.

But When Are You Truly Ready for Bariatric Surgery?

The decision to undergo bariatric surgery is intensely personal. We encourage our patients to talk with their bariatric surgeon and medical team, as well as trusted friends and family, throughout the decision-making process. Ultimately, the decision lies with you and your readiness to change your life. Remember, that bariatric surgery will affect you the most. It is not just losing weight, but also navigating new and altered relationships both with your own self and others around you. Therefore, you must be fully committed to your long-term health. This requires relentless focus on improving your diet and exercise, not just for the months and years it takes to lose your excess weight, but for the rest of your life.

If this seems like a daunting task, it is. With proper preparation, your decision can be among the most important of your life. Remember to speak to the family and friends who will be around you after surgery. Getting them to buy into your new lifestyle may not only make the weight loss process easier but may actually allow you to lose more weight. You must also take advantage of the support we offer here at our office. We’ve worked with thousands of patients in your position, so we can truly help you navigate preoperative and postoperative decisions, as well as life changes that you will certainly experience.

So, remember, bariatric surgery may seem like a drastic step, but it truly isn’t when you consider all of the problems that one has to live with while obese. Also, remember that taking an objective look at bariatric surgery with the help of friends and family and your bariatric surgeon can help you make the right choice about your continued health.  Please call us to schedule a consultation.