For what it’s worth, a bariatric surgery can prove to be a life-changing experience. Moreover, it needs an extensive commitment on your end, given the significant lifestyle changes that you ought to make in order for the surgery to prove worthy of your time, efforts, money, and health. Hence, it is recommended, that you ask the following questions to your bariatric surgeon before going under the knife.
Am I a candidate for the surgery?
More often than not, in order to be a viable candidate, you ought to:
Have at least 50 kg of excess weight
Have a BMI exceeding 40
Be suffering from one or more morbid conditions (in case of BMI less than 40)
What are the tests that I need to undergo, before the surgery?
In order for your surgeon to have a clear picture of your physical well-being, you may be suggested to go for the following tests:
CBC (complete blood count)
What will be the best procedure for me?
As is the case with most things in life, a single type of weight loss surgery doesn’t fit everyone’s needs. Depending on your current weight, your lifestyle as well as the underlying health risks, your doctor may or may not suggest that you undergo one of the following procedures:
Gastric sleeve surgery
Gastric bypass surgery
In addition to why your surgeon is suggesting one procedure above the other, he/she must also let you know about the underlying risks related to the same. Only after you weigh the benefits of the procedure against the risks involved, should you make the final call.
What are the usual side effects of the surgery?
While there are numerous side effects that are related to bariatric surgery, not all patients experience them all. However, just so that you know, the following are the possible issues that you may face post the surgery:
Nausea and vomiting
Dizziness, fatigue, etc.
Gastric problems (bloating and burping)
Irregular sweating, anxiety, etc.
In addition to the above questions, you may also rely on your doctor to clarify any doubts that you might have regarding post-operative recovery, follow-up care, and expected weight loss.
Not only will the above-mentioned questions help you understand the nuances of the surgery in a better manner, but will also help you get a clear picture regarding whether or not your doctor is fully competent to handle such a procedure. For what it’s worth, you should only let the best bariatric surgeon tackle a surgery as significant as this one.