Choosing to have bariatric surgery is a big decision. While weight loss in general requires extreme dedication, weight loss surgery, by nature, typically requires total dedication to the weight loss process. Unlike a diet, you can’t just “fall off” bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery is a permanent decision (with exception of gastric banding like the LAP-BAND or REALIZE Band) that can dramatically improve your weight loss efforts and may help you to achieve a healthier life. With the decision to have a bariatric surgery also comes the expectation that you will follow a special bariatric diet plan and incorporate fitness into your daily routine. For many patients, weight loss surgery at our Delaware weight loss surgery center has been the missing tool that helps them to finally lose weight and keep it off long-term. As stated, though, bariatric surgery is a tool and a patient’s success relies on his or her own efforts, not just on the weight loss surgery.
Questions to Ask Yourself Before Committing to Weight Loss Surgery:
Before committing to bariatric surgery, there are a few questions you should ask yourself and consider carefully. If you would like, you can even discuss these questions with an honest, impartial loved one.
- Am I ready to make the required health changes? This is one of the most important questions you can ask yourself before having gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, or gastric banding. In order to successfully lose (and keep off) weight after surgery you must commit to changing your diet, fitness levels, and mental limitations.
- Why do I want to lose weight? Is it for health? Because a loved one is pressuring you? To look better in clothing? If your weight loss motivation is solely based on looking good in clothing or because of another person’s expectations, it may not be enough to keep you focused in the long run. Choosing to lose weight for health and personal goals is the best reason for committing to bariatric surgery.
- How is my relationship with food? Relationships with food are complicated and are often built through years of habits, cultural traditions, and emotional choices. Seeing as 78 million American adults are considered obese, it’s not unreasonable to say that Americans have a complicated relationship with food. If you are already working on your food relationship and you feel confident that you can commit to new eating habits, transitioning into a bariatric diet may not be difficult. If you are struggling with food, a visit to one of our therapists may be very beneficial.
- What is my end goal? Knowing what you’re working for is essential for achieving your desires. After all, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Start by setting an end goal and then adding in smaller goals that help you get there.
- Are my weight loss expectations realistic? Typically, the average bariatric patient loses 40-80% of their excess weight within the first 18 months after surgery. While weight loss can be dramatic for some, setting realistic weight loss goals is important for maintaining momentum and not burning out if the weight loss is slower than you expected.
If you are obese and have not had success with weight loss in 2014, it may be time to consider weight loss surgery in 2015. Incredible medical advances and discoveries have been made (including eliminating diabetes in some patients) regarding weight loss surgery. To learn if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery, attend one of our free Delaware weight loss surgery seminars, browse our website, or call us at 302-892-9900