For many people, the choice to undergo weight loss procedures is not an easy one. In fact, it takes a hefty amount of deliberation and medical preparation to even be considered an ideal candidate for one of these procedures.
Of course, one bariatric surgery doesn’t fit all. For example, a gastrectomy or gastric balloon may not work as well as a Lap Band surgery for different patients. But regardless of which weight loss procedures appeal to you, there are some essential questions you need to ask yourself before committing to any one of these options.
What is my BMI?
To be considered obese, a person must have a BMI 10% to 20% higher than normal, as defined by a standard height and weight chart. If you have a BMI of 40 or higher, with or without health problems, it’s probably safe to consider your weight loss surgery options.
Have I exhausted all other options?
While this is an important question to ask yourself, it’s also something that you should discuss with your doctor. You may think you’ve tried everything, but your doctor may have one or two more weight loss options for you before considering surgery.
What are my expectations?
If you’re under the impression that weight loss surgery is going to make you look like a fitness trainer, you may have some unrealistic expectations. As a result, your doctor and surgeon will likely determine that you’re not ready for the procedure. Before you elect to have any procedure done, make sure you’re researching realistic results from actual patients.
Am I willing to make a lifestyle change after my surgery?
Unfortunately, weight loss procedures are only the first steps you will take in a long weight loss journey. But if you’re willing to make the specific lifestyle changes that journey requires, you’ll be amazed at what your body is capable of. So before you place all of your weight loss hopes in a surgery, make sure you’re willing to put in the additional work required after your procedure is complete.
Weight loss surgery is a big event. Are you ready to make a change in your life? If you can answer these questions with confidence, it might be time to take the plunge.