Along your journey to a healthier and more active lifestyle, there are changes that need to be made. Our program is designed to identify some of those changes and help you make them! The first step in deciding whether weight loss surgery is right for you is to educate yourself with a thorough understanding of the risks and benefits of the surgical procedure. Talking to your primary care physician, physician specialist or family physician is a good next step.
Be aware, there is a lot of misinformation about weight loss surgery, so be sure you talk to qualified sources that can help you make an informed decision. It can also be helpful to talk with others who have taken the path you are now considering - so you will know more about the personal commitment required to successfully achieve weight loss through surgery. In the end, your best source for information is an experienced weight loss surgeon who knows how to handle your special needs before, during, and after weight loss surgery.
Weight loss surgery is major surgery. Although most patients enjoy an improvement in obesity-related health conditions after the successful results of weight loss surgery, these results should not be the overriding motivation for having the procedure.
The goal is to live better, healthier and longer, and that is why you should make the decision to have weight loss surgery only after careful consideration and consultation with an experienced weight loss surgeon. Our experienced weight loss surgeons can answer your questions clearly and explain the exact details of the procedure, the extent of the recovery period and the reality of the follow-up care that will be required.
An important part of the our process is a psychological evaluation to help establish a clear understanding of the post-operative changes in behavior that are essential for long-term success.
As our patient, you will be our partner in the decision making process not only about your surgery, but about your commitment to sustain your weight loss goals. It is important to remember that there are no ironclad guarantees of any kind in medicine or surgery. There can be unexpected outcomes in even the simplest procedures. What can be said, however, is that weight loss surgery can only succeed when the patient makes a lifelong commitment to lifestyle, dietary and physical activity modifications as directed by your caregivers. Some of the challenges facing a person after weight loss surgery can be unexpected. Lifestyle changes can strain relationships within families and between married couples. To help patients achieve their goals and deal with the changes surgery and weight loss can bring, we offer follow-up care that includes support groups, dietitians and other forms of continuing education.
The decision to have weight loss surgery is entirely up to you and your surgeon. After having heard all the information, you must decide if the benefits outweigh the side effects and potential complications. Surgery is only a tool. Your ultimate success depends on strict adherence to the recommended dietary, exercise and lifestyle changes.