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Questions to Ask Before Weight Loss Surgery
Should you have any reservations regarding bariatric surgery, you can contact your doctor and ask all the possible questions. Some of these include:
Which bariatric surgery will suit you best?
- How is it performed?
- What is the qualification of the staff that will perform the surgery?
What impact will the weight loss surgery have on my co-morbid conditions?
- How will my medications be affected?
What are some behavioral changes that have to be incorporated?
- How will the diet vary pre and post-op?
- What changes in exercise will I have to make before and after weight loss surgery?
Will the surgery be covered under the existing insurance plan?
- Will the whole of surgery be covered or only a part of it?
- Are future appointments and aftercare a part of the program?
- Are dietician services and counseling included?
What will the after-care comprise of?
- How much time will I take to recover?
- For how long will I have to stay away from work after bariatric surgery?
- How are past patients of bariatric surgery doing now?
What are certain complications that can arise during or after gastric sleeve or gastric bypass?
- Can Type 2 Diabetes make the surgery riskier?
Is it better to consult my Primary Care Physician before I leave for Mexico?
A sound emotional state of mind is of vital importance for the success of bariatric surgery. Know that bariatric surgery is just the beginning of a lifelong engagement. Don’t lose hope and keep going!
- “Bariatric Surgery FAQs.” ASMBS – American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, https://asmbs.org/patients/bariatric-surgery-faqs
- “Questions to Ask Your Doctor.” Cleveland Clinic, https://my.clevelandclinic.org/patients/information/questions-to-ask-your-doctor
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