Having weight-loss surgery (also called bariatric surgery) is a big step. You can prepare for surgery by having a plan. Your plan may include your goals for losing weight and how to makes changes in your diet, activity, and lifestyle to help raise your chances of success.
One way to prepare for surgery is to think about your goal or reason why you want to reach a healthy weight. Do you want to lower your blood pressure, cholesterol, or blood sugar? Do you want to be able to sleep better, play with your kids, or walk around the block? Having a reason can help you stay with your plan and meet your goals.
Your weight-loss surgery team can help you meet your goals and get ready for surgery. You'll work with a team that's trained to help you lose weight and make healthy changes in your life. This team may include:
Your team will also be there to help you prepare for life after surgery. They will help you adjust to new ways of eating and changes to your body.
You have likely thought a lot about how surgery may affect your life—how you will eat, how your body will look, or how you will feel. Some people feel overwhelmed with these changes. But planning can help you prepare for the changes and meet your weight-loss goals.
One important step in your plan is to learn about the ways surgery will affect your life. These may include:
There are going to be some ups and downs while you get used to these changes. So another way to adjust is to identify who can help support you. Getting support from friends and family can help. And joining a support group for people who have had the surgery can be a big help too, because they know what you're going through.
As you know, it's a big decision to have weight-loss surgery. But when you have a plan, you can focus on losing weight and living a healthier life. So what steps can you take to prepare for weight-loss surgery? Will you set some goals? Will you learn about how surgery can affect your life? How about asking family or friends for help? Write out your plan. Then get ready.
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Current as of:
February 16, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine & Ali Tavakkoli, FACS, FRCS, MD - General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
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