People who have tried all kinds of diets, enrolled in numerous “magical” weight loss programmes and have been working out at the gym like crazy but have not achieved the desired results see weight loss surgery as the last straw.
It is an important step to take, and for some people it might even take up two years from the moment when a patient first starts to think about a weight loss surgery to the actual moment he or she decides to have it. Talk to relatives and friends, talk to doctors and hospital staff. Make an informed decision.
The preparation for weight loss operation includes examinations and recommendations by medicine professionals such as a bariatric surgeon, an anaesthesiologist, a nutritionist and sometimes even a psychologist. This group works together to generate a treatment plan.
Patients must be aware of the risks and benefits of weight loss operation. All in all, any procedure carries some risk and can lead to a great deal of worry. So prepare responsibly. You must be physically and mentally prepared. In addition, before the operation you have to lose some weight. Most of all, you must be aware of a change in your lifestyle and be willing to maintain your normal weight to guarantee a healthier life.
Here are some questions that you should ask yourself:
Follow your doctor’s instructions concerning your medication.
Stop smoking for at least 30 days before weight loss surgery. Smoking may increase the lung sensitivity during the surgery and can cause pneumonia. Smoking may also slow down the healing progress by narrowing the blood vessels and thereby limiting the flow of the blood to the healing areas. Many surgeons will not perform surgery if there is evidence proving that the patient is a smoker and even go as far as asking for blood or urine examination for an evaluation of nicotine level before the operation.
Lose some weight before the operation.Since the stomach lies under the liver, during the surgery the liver is lifted. If the liver is very oily, the operation may not even be carried out due to the liver cracking and bleeding. If the weight is reduced by 3 – 15 kg, depending on the excess weight, the size of liver goes down. Therefore the risk of complications due to liver bleeding decreases, while the possibility that the surgery will be performed successfully increases.
Abstain from alcohol consumption for at least 48 hours before weight loss surgery.