Is Bariatric Surgery Right for You
February 11th, 2011 by Aldouspi

Is Bariatric Surgery Right for You?
Some medial professionals consider bariatric surgery to be `life saving.' Bariatric surgery, like all surgery carries risks. One should not consider it to be cosmetic surgery as the surgery's intention is to lengthen the recipient's life by reducing their obesity related complications.
A good surgeon will follow strict guidelines to ascertain whether their patient is an appropriate candidate for bariatric surgery. They usually reach this decision by considering whether the patient will be at a certain risk by NOT having the surgery and does this outweigh the risk of potential complications if they DO have the surgery.
Surgeons generally consider the following when assessing a patient as a candidate for bariatric surgery:
* they are 100 pounds or more over their ideal body weight
* their Body Mass Index (BMI) is 40 or more and they are or have experienced obesity related health conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
* There is proof of their failures to maintain a healthy weight by using conventional weight control programmes and diets that are medically supervised.
* There is a high risk of health conditions that are related to their obesity.
Before deciding whether going ahead with bariatric surgery, you should ask yourself whether you are ready to make the lifelong commitment to improving your health. You should ask yourself:
* have you researched all the aspects of bariatric surgery and what the procedures consist of?
* Are you convinced that you can't lose weight any other way? Have you tried all other options? - have these failed?
* Will you be able to eat small, healthy meals and chew everything thoroughly and slowly?
* Will you be able to manage how surgery will change your life?
* Are you aware and do you understand the risk of complications?
* Will you attend regular doctors appointments for the rest of your life?
Weight loss surgery is a major type of surgery. Your decision should only be made after careful consideration, evaluation and consultations with experienced surgeons specialising in bariatric patients. You should discuss the following with your surgeon:

* Weight loss surgery is not and should not be considered cosmetic surgery.
* Your health risks that you currently face should be weighed against those related to the surgery.
* The surgery does not remove fat like liposuction does.
* Bariatric surgery is not supposed to be reversible.
* Complications can arise resulting in further surgery.
* Weight loss surgery should be considered only if other options such as weight loss programmes (supervised by a health professional) have failed.
* Weigh loss surgery will change your relationship with food. Your life will be dramatically changed physically, emotionally, financially.

Patient who have undergone the surgery usually enjoy a better, longer quality of life with improved:

* overall health
* self image
* self esteem

Look Forward To
After surgery, most patients enjoy a longer, better quality of life with improved:
* Mobility
* Overall health (e.g., fewer symptoms of diabetes and reduced need for medication)
* Self-image
* Self-esteem

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