Most of us know how frustrating it can be to struggle with our weight. If you have tried unsuccessfully to lose weight via diet and exercise, you may wish to consider weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery. This procedure is recommended for patients who are at least 100lbs overweight, and who have struggled to lose weight via non-surgical means.

Before your surgery, you will need to schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon. Not only will your surgeon prepare you for a safe and successful procedure, they will also outline what you can expect from the procedure, the recovery, and the end result.

5 Things to Know About Weight Loss Surgery

As you begin your journey, here are a few important things every patient should know before having bariatric surgery.

  1. Weight loss surgery is safe. While all surgeries have risks, weight loss surgery is very prevalent, and the risks can be managed by a qualified plastic surgeon. Often, continuing to live with obesity is riskier than having the surgery.
  2. You will lose weight. On average, individuals who have bariatric surgery lose between 65 and 85 pounds per every 100 pounds they have to lose.
  3. You will likely keep the weight off. Following bariatric surgery, it is important to adopt healthy habits regarding food and fitness. While lapses can happen, and some patients do regain a few pounds, around nine out of 10 bariatric surgery patients enjoy long-lasting results.
  4. Bariatric surgery will make you healthier. Weight loss surgery isn’t merely cosmetic. Having the surgery done will also significantly reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. It may help you manage diabetes symptoms. And you will likely find that you’re able to breathe and sleep more easily.
  5. You will still be able to eat normal foods. Having weight loss surgery will train you to make healthier decisions, and to eat smaller portions. With that said, you will still be able to enjoy gathering around the table for a meal with your family and friends, just as you did before the surgery.

Find the Right Bariatric Surgery Procedure for You

To find out more about weight loss surgery, we welcome you to schedule a consultation appointment at the Carolinas Center for Surgery.