Bariatric surgery is the most effective weight loss method. Given its popularity amongst the obese, it is important to not only be aware of the potential benefits, risks of the procedure but also be aware of other important information provided to the person opting for the surgery. This includes the pre and post care tips and the importance of follow-ups with the doctor. The care for bariatric surgery is specific and this is the reason lifetime follow-up is the key to its long-term success in curing obesity.Getting educated about the bariatric surgery
The surgery will affect your life for the years to come, as you will have to alter your lifestyle according to guidelines given by your surgeon for optimal benefits. In the surgery, the size of the stomach is reduced through surgical procedures or in other cases the portions of the digestive tract are bypassed, as a result it reduces the appetite of the patient, leading to rapid weight loss in the following months/years.Are you suitable for the surgery?
There is a complete evaluation process conducted by the doctor to know if you are suitable to go for this weight loss surgery. There are few criteria, which a person should meet to undergo bariatric surgery, like
– A BMI above 35
– A BMI above 32.5 with other weight-related problems like, type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnea.
– BMI of 27.5 with uncontrolled diabetes & one cardiovascular risk factor.
A complete work up is done to check for fitness – suitability for anesthesia.
Behavioral therapy- Getting prepared
Before undergoing surgery, the patient is usually assigned a team of health professionals which generally includes a psychologist, dietician, physician, and the surgeon. Psychological evaluation is a crucial part of the process, to make sure the person undergoing surgery is mentally prepared for the changes that will occur post-surgery. A professional trained in counselling bariatric patient does the job of social, personal, and psychiatric evaluation, before the weight loss surgery.Getting physically prepared before surgery
To ensure that your body is fit for the surgery and the changes that will occur after it, there is breathing exercise and high protein diet advised to the patient.
Incentive spirometry (breathing exercises) is the most important preparation. It improves lung function & ensures faster recovery post-surgery.
Communication with the bariatric team is essential – In order to see the best results during and after the surgery, effective communication with your bariatric surgeon & his team of physician, dietician & patient coordinator is of utmost importance. As each bariatric group manages patients differently, it is advisable to follow their instructions completely.