One thing is for certain after weight loss surgery; and that certainty is change. As bariatric patients, our goal is for change - to change our lives for the better and to become healthier, happier people. This change is a very exciting thing and cannot be overstated. However, change is also scary. Bariatric surgery is a major surgical procedure and requires a lifetime of lifestyle changes including diet and exercise modification. That represents a constant struggle against the disease we've been fighting for years; sometimes our entire adult and adolescent lives.
It is education and preparation that can make this change much less scary and much more exciting. If you're reading this blog post, you may have already decided that bariatric surgery is right for you. If that is the case, congratulations! You have made an extremely important decision that may change your life forever. The next several months will usher a series of decisions and commitments that can allow you to lose weight and improve or resolve many of the diseases associated with obesity.
Two of these very important decisions are which surgeon and which procedure to choose. Spending the time to research these decisions can make choice much less daunting.
A prospective patient may start by speaking to their primary physician and anybody they know that may have already had weight loss surgery. Attending our free weight loss seminar and even attending a support group or two can help make the right decision about which procedure and surgeon to choose.
Of course, there will be many challenges along the way. There will be concerns and challenges once in a while, however with education and preparation this can be a truly life-enhancing procedure.