Which Bariatric Surgery is Right for Me?
You, and only you, can answer this important question after you have considered all the medical evidence and facts about the risks and benefits of each procedure.
You may choose to research weight loss surgery on your own via the Internet.
As with any search for medical information, be sure that your sources are responsible. There is no substitute for consulting with recognized experts in laparoscopic bariatric surgery who have extensive experience with all the procedures you are considering.
- Talk to your general practitioner and any specialist that is involved in your care.
- Examine our website thoroughly. Carefully review the “Reasons to opt for Weight Loss Surgery” and “Before and After the Surgery” sections. Study closely each procedure and also pay close attention to the side-by-side comparison of the three most common bariatric proceedures in the “About our Surgeries” section.
- If you are a type 2 diabetic also review the “Metabolic Surgery for Type 2 Diabetes” section.
- Talk to some of our other patients. Call us and we would be happy to have them contact you.
Ask yourself these important questions:
- Do you want to eliminate the hunger you always feel?
- What is your weight loss goal? For example, do you want to lose as much of the extra weight you carry as possible or would you be happy with less than this amount?
- How much “maintenance” are you willing to put into your operation once it is done? Can you make the time for the adjustment schedule of say, laparoscopic banding, in addition to regular follow-up required of any weight loss surgical procedure?
- How fast do you want to lose the weight? For example, do you urgently need knee replacement surgery and must lose weight relatively quickly?
- What is the “back-up plan” if the procedure you chose fails to produce your weight loss goal?
- Are you getting unbiased advice from your sources? The is pertinent with “one operation” clinics and surgeons. For example, if you are comparing laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding to the laparoscopic “Sleeve” or the laparoscopic gastric bypass, you must talk to a bariatric surgeon who can perform all procedures with equal skill and has extensive experience with each surgery. Only then will you get an unbiased opinion as to the risks and benefits of each procedure, and whether it is suitable for you.
Finally make sure you know the answer to these questions. The side-by-side comparison in the “About our Surgeries” section can help. Write them down and go over the answers several times before you decide.
- What is the risk of the worst possible outcome – Death, with each procedure?
- What are the short-term complications (within 30 days of the surgery) of each procedure?
- What are the long-term (basically for the rest of your life) complications of each surgery?
- What are the weight loss results in the short term (5 years) and long term (beyond 10 years) after the surgery?