It is important that you understand that weight loss surgery is not a quick fix…it is a lifelong commitment to a healthier way of life. Your willingness to commit to the things that will make this surgery an ongoing success is, in itself, a basic criterion for having the surgery. For example, the changes made to your gastrointestinal tract will require permanent changes in your eating habits. Post-surgery dietary guidelines will vary by physician, but you will definitely be required to make significant changes in the foods you choose and the amounts you eat.
You will also be strongly encouraged to participate in regular physical activity. The type and amount will vary according to your physical condition, but you will be less successful in losing weight and keeping it off if you don’t commit to being physically active. Nutritional deficiencies can also occur after weight loss surgery and need to be monitored by your physician on a regular basis.
Support groups will provide you with an excellent opportunity to discuss various personal and professional issues. Although weight loss surgery can provide fairly rapid physical changes, it does not repair any emotional or psychological damage that could have occurred throughout your years of dealing with obesity. Talking with others who have shared similar challenges and experiences can go a long way towards helping you learn to cope with the emotional issues that can limit your success. Most surgeons who perform weight loss surgery will also tell you that attending support groups after surgery will help you reach and maintain your weight loss goals.
Only you, your doctor and the staff at the Comprehensive Weight Loss Center can determine if you meet all of the basic criteria. If you are considering weight loss surgery at Emory Decatur Hospital, attending one of our FREE mandatory informational seminars can help you decide if this surgery is right for you. Call 404-501-LOSE (5673) to register.