Here’s what you can expect from weight-loss surgery.
You’ve tried numerous diets, weight-loss programs, and exercise for years with little to no success. Now what? Your weight is negatively affecting your health, self-esteem, and quality of life and you’re finally to the point of seriously considering weight loss surgery. Yes, the thought of surgery, recovery, and never going back scares you to death, but the alternative scares you more.
As you consider bariatric surgery, it’s important to know the facts about what life will be like when you wake up.
On Weight Loss
The biggest question regarding weight-loss surgery is obvious: “How much weight will I lose?” The answer: “A lot.” The exact amount will depend on your current weight and what type of surgery you undergo. People who have gastric banding, also called sleeve gastrectomy, lose an average of 40 to 50 percent of their weight. After a gastric bypass surgery, people typically lose 60 percent of their weight.
Improved Health and Quality of Life
With any weight loss, you can expect better health after surgical intervention. Obesity-related health conditions such as sleep apnea, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, high cholesterol, urinary stress incontinence, and high blood pressure will improve or even go into remission. After surgery you may find you can reduce the medications you take to control these conditions.
Additionally, weight loss and improved health will lead to a better quality of life. You’ll be able to do new things, go new places, feel less depressed, and experience more confidence.
As with any major surgery there’s a recovery period, so don’t expect to bounce right back following your procedure. Laparoscopic surgery comes with a hospital stay of two to three days then a three- to five-week period until you can eat normal food and resume normal activities. Open surgery will take longer to heal and recover, and approximately 1 in 10 people experience minor complications following surgery, so your recovery may take a bit longer.
Some folks’ adjustment to a smaller stomach goes smoother than others. Because of this, there are a few unpleasant side affects you may deal with after bariatric surgery. You have a 50 percent chance of developing gallstones. Though harmless, they may cause nausea, vomiting, and pain that warrant surgical removal of your gallbladder. Constipation and dumping syndrome are other common side effects. Dumping syndrome usually occurs after eating a meal high in sugar. When too much sugar in your stomach causes dumping syndrome, the result is weakness, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. So it’s best to avoid fruit juice and soda if you’ve undergone weight-loss surgery.
Unless you’re prepared to make lasting diet and exercise changes, don’t expect weight-loss surgery to work magic. You may have dealt with binge eating before, but after surgery that’s no longer an option, as you’ll be forced to eat smaller, more frequent meals. Eating can still be enjoyable, but stuffing yourself can lead to complications like vomiting or a stretched stomach that hinders weight loss.
After surgery, your body may have a tough time absorbing nutrients like iron, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, and folate. To ensure your body gets the nutrients it needs for good health, work with a dietician to develop an appropriate eating plan. Supplements may be necessary as well.
With weight-loss surgery, regular exercise becomes an important part of losing and maintaining weight. You’ll likely find all physical activity more doable and enjoyable after the initial weight loss, because your joints will be less painful and you’ll have more energy.
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