Saturday, 25 July 2015 00:00

What to Consider Before Getting Weight Loss Surgery

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Going under the knife, regardless of the reason, is always risky. This is why it is important that you think about it before making the decision to get surgery. Weight loss surgery is no exception to this.

There are numerous factors you have to keep in mind before you can make an informed decision. To make things easier for you, here is a look at the things you should consider before you opt for surgery:

Cost

The first and foremost thing you should consider is the cost of the surgery. Generally, it can cost you up to $25,000 for the procedure so you should be prepared to deal with the cost. Also keep in mind that some insurance companies might not cover the cost of the procedure, or will only pay for a part of it at most. This is why it is a good idea to seek financing options if you cannot afford the cost of the surgery. 

Alternatives

Another important consideration you have to make is trying other means of losing weight. This includes dieting and regular exercise. Even doctors suggest weight loss surgery as a last resort if you are not able to achieve successful weight loss through other means. This is why you should take a look at the alternatives before you opt for surgery. 

Eligibility

This is an important point. You should keep in mind that you will not be considered eligible for bariatric surgery if your BMI is below 40, unless you have any health problems, such as diabetes or heart disease. In that case, you will be allowed to have the surgery even if your BMI is below 40 but above 35. As a rule of thumb, you should be overweight by at least 80 pounds to be eligible. 

Risks

There is the risk of complications and health problems after the surgery. You should discuss this with your doctor and be aware of the risks involved in electing for the procedure so that you can make the best decision for yourself. The common complications involve infections and blood clotting. 

Expectations

Last, but most importantly, your expectations from the surgery should be realistic. Keep in mind that weight loss surgery is not a quick fix and you will have to change your lifestyle and eating habits to achieve the results you want. Also, the results will only be sustainable if you are able to live healthy in the long run.  

Last modified on Saturday, 25 July 2015 15:28

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