Bariatric surgery is a life-changing experience for many people who have struggled with their weight for years. It has been shown to improve people’s health when previous attempts to lead a healthy lifestyle haven’t succeeded.
But, it’s not for everyone. To be a candidate for bariatric surgery, you need to meet certain criteria. You’ll also need to have discussions with your physician about your health and your psychological well-being.
Many people are good candidates for the surgery, but aren’t sure if it’s right for them. It is a big decision that you’ll need to carefully consider, and each person has different circumstances that must be examined. But if you are thinking about it, here are a few of the best reasons to consider having bariatric surgery:
- Your weight is affecting your health. Bariatric surgery has been shown to eliminate or improve many weight-related health issues, including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, arthritis, asthma, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and many more. If you’re struggling with your weight and have one or more of these conditions, bariatric surgery may help.
- You’ve tried eating right and exercising, but the pounds won’t come off — or they keep coming back. Many people who undergo bariatric surgery have struggled with diets and exercise, finding that their bodies are simply resistant to weight loss. Bariatric surgery can help a person finally find success with losing weight and keeping the pounds off.
- You want to live a longer, healthier life — and you can commit to a new diet and way of life that’s necessary after bariatric surgery. Life after bariatric surgery is different, and your surgeon can talk with you about what to expect. You’ll have to eat smaller, more frequent meals, chew your food slowly, and change many of the foods you are used to eating. You’ll need to drink plenty of liquids, but not during your meals. You’ll also have to take certain vitamin and mineral supplements. If you’re ready to commit to these extra steps, bariatric surgery could be a great option for you.
- You want to lose weight for yourself, not someone else. Weight loss is about you and your health. Like any medical procedure, you should do it for yourself and your own well-being, not because someone else thinks you need to have it done.
If you are considering bariatric surgery, talk with your physician. Simply taking that first step to find out more about it can help you get started on your weight loss journey. Take the time to think about how it can benefit your life, and if you’re ready to commit to it.
CarePoint Health Bariatric Surgery
CarePoint Health Center for Bariatric Surgery offers a number of different weight-loss surgeries to help you meet your weight-loss goals, including sleeve gastrectomy, and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, LAP-BAND®, and REALIZE® Band. To learn more about our bariatric surgery options, contact us at 201-795-8175 and