Are you ready to sit down and talk about bariatric surgery? Speaking with a physician about this procedure and what it can do for you is an important step toward a healthier lifestyle. Make sure you find out everything you need to know: write down questions that come to mind in advance and take notes during the meeting. You’ll want to be sure you feel comfortable and confident in whatever decision you make. To help you get started, make sure you ask these questions at a minimum:
- Which surgery do you recommend for me and why? There are many different types of bariatric surgery available today, and each one has distinct advantages. Depending on your weight loss goals, health status, and individual needs, your physician may recommend a specific procedure that will work best for you. He or she should also explain how the surgery works, and what kind of results you can expect.
- What’s the recovery like? You’ll need to know how much time to take off work, what kind of help you will need, and what types of supplies you might need. Today’s advanced surgical techniques can get you back on your feet fairly quickly, but you need to make sure you don’t do too much, too soon. This could hinder your recovery. You’ll get instructions from your physician on what to eat in the early days and weeks, as well as how much you should exercise.
- What’s the post-surgery diet like? After bariatric surgery, you’ll embrace a new way of eating and discover a new relationship with food. You’ll need to abstain from certain foods to avoid uncomfortable side effects. You’ll also need to chew food very thoroughly, eat more slowly, and eat less food at a time. Talk with your physician about you new diet, and see if he or she recommends a nutritionist or other support.
- Will you write a letter to my insurance company? Many insurance providers will cover bariatric surgery if you meet certain criteria. In most cases, your physician will need to write a letter about your eligibility for the surgery and any health problems you may have. Look through your insurance plan’s documents, and don’t give up right away if you get a rejection – sometimes an appeal letter can help you receive coverage too.
- What are the pros and cons of the surgery for me? Any surgical procedure has risks and benefits. The good news is, studies have shown that the health improvements resulting from bariatric surgery far outweigh the risks for many people. Improvement in many health problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, arthritis, and many more issues make the surgery worthwhile for the majority of patients. Your physician can talk about your personal health goals and how the surgery may work in your favor. He or she should also discuss potential risks and what can be done to make your surgery go as smoothly as possible.
Bariatric surgery has been proven to be safe and effective, but it’s a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Take the time you need to think about the procedure and how your life will be afterward. If you’re ready to make the change and do the work necessary to succeed, you’re on the right track to successful weight loss.
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, 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 register for our free seminar.
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