Do you struggle with your weight?
If so, you’re not alone. Some researchers now claim that two-thirds of the population is now dealing with some sort of weight issue, ranging from slightly overweight to morbidly obese.
People who have weight issues struggle with their weight for a variety of reasons.
They could have glandular or hormone issues, food addiction, vitamin deficiencies, and a whole plethora of things that have left them with excess weight.
To relieve themselves of this weight, many have considered having weight loss surgery.
If you’ve thought about this, there are some things you should know before committing to surgery.
Nearly every gastric surgeon you speak to will want to make sure you know the pros and cons of surgery. And they’ll want to make sure you’re a good candidate for this type of procedure.
4 Things Your Gastric Surgeon Wants You Know About Weight Loss Surgery
To start building your foundation of knowledge about gastric surgery, here are four things a gastric surgeon wants every patient to know.
1. What Is a Bariatric Surgeon?
Let’s start with the basics first. Just what is a bariatric surgeon?
A gastric surgeon is a doctor who performs bariatric surgeries, or weight loss surgeries.
These surgeries include:
- Gastric bypass
- Adjustable gastric band
- Sleeve gastrectomy
- Biliopancreatic diversion along with a duodenal switch.
A bariatric surgeon will see you multiple times prior to and after your surgical procedure. They do this to make sure you’re a good candidate for the surgery and to make sure you’re healing well and following the strict aftercare guidelines.
2. Gastric Bypass Surgery Is Not a Quick Fix
A lot of people mistakenly believe that all of their weight loss issues will be fixed with the snap of their surgeon’s fingers.
Unfortunately, when it comes to weight loss, there is no quick fix.
After you have gastric surgery, you’ll need to adhere to a strict dietary regimen prescribed by your doctor.
If you don’t follow their instructions, you could end up with post-surgical complications.
The guidelines your doctor will provide you with outline what you need to do for months, if not years, after your gastric surgery takes place.
3. Bariatric Surgery Is Not a Free Pass to Eat Whatever You Want
Another common misconception people have is that once they’ve had their surgery they can eat whatever they want.
This is not even close to being the case.
There are strict dietary guidelines after you’ve had surgery. For a few weeks after the procedure, you’ll be on a liquid diet, followed by weeks of a soft food diet.
You’ll also find that certain foods, even if they are soft, will be off limits until you’ve fully healed from your surgery.
4. It Is Possible to Gain Weight Even After Gastric Surgery
Again, gastric surgeries are not a magic pill sort of treatment. If you don’t follow your doctor’s guidelines there’s a very good chance you can gain weight after you’ve lost it.
Some people even end up gaining back all of the weight they’ve lost, plus some.
To ensure the best results, it’s a good idea to follow the surgeon’s guidelines closely and find a good support system to help you when you have a hard time adhering to those guidelines.
Whether You Have Surgery or Not – Get Support
After learning more about this type of surgery, some people have decided it’s not right for them.
They decide that since they have to stick to a strict diet after surgery to ensure they heal properly that they can try something similar on their own, without surgery.
Trying to lose weight without surgery can be really difficult, especially if you’ve been struggling with it for a long time.
That’s why you shouldn’t go it alone. Whether you end up having gastric surgery or not, the fact remains that you’ll have a better chance at success if you have a support system.
Sticking to a diet is not easy. If you have surgery, you’ll be forced to stick to a very strict diet, but that doesn’t mean everyone will successfully stick to a new diet plan.
If you have surgery – you need support. If you don’t have surgery – you need support. A support system will be there for you when you feel like you’re about to fall off the wagon. And if you do fall off, they’ll be there to help you back on.
Who make up your support system? The options are endless. You can have a counselor, dietician, personal trainer, your co-workers, best friend, or entire family on your list of supporters.
Work closely with your crew and you’ll find it a bit easier to lose the weight – whether you’ve had surgery or not.