What You Need to Know
All of your questions are both welcomed and encouraged.
Weight loss surgery isn't for everyone.
The health rewards of weight loss surgery can be incredible, but it's not for everyone—it's only for those who really need it. Weight-loss (bariatric) surgeries change your digestive system, often limiting the amount of food you can eat. These surgeries help you lose weight and can lower your risk of medical problems associated with obesity.
Whether the surgery is your first or a revision of a poorly performing past surgery, all weight loss surgical procedures are not the same. Further, it is generally acknowledged that the best results following revisional bariatric operations are obtained by the most experienced bariatric surgeons.
Talk with an experienced bariatric surgeon.
Weight loss surgery is a serious surgical procedure. Begin by consulting with a surgeon who specializes in bariatric surgery at a hospital designated as accredited center in the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. (Munroe Regional Medical Center is an accredited center in the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.)
You and your bariatric surgeon can discuss and determine your options for treatment. Your bariatric surgeon will also evaluate your existing medical conditions that may complicate surgery, your medical conditions that will improve after surgery and whether you are ready to adopt a dietary lifestyle change. A bariatric surgery consultation also provides an opportunity for you to learn more about the procedure and how you can expect to feel, physically and emotionally, after the surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Asking questions can help you learn more about your options, help you feel more comfortable with the procedure, and help you prepare to make the lifestyle changes that will help make your long-term weight loss asuccess. Prior to your consultation with your bariatric surgeon, you may want to make a list of specific questions to ask.
Here are some questions you might want to ask: