Weight-Loss Surgery: Is It an Option for You?

Posted on 2021/03/31 by Laparoscopic Surgical Center of New York

Weight-loss (bariatric) surgery refers to any operation performed to help you lose weight. It works in several ways. You may undergo a surgical procedure to keep you from eating so much by reducing the size of your stomach. This will allow you to feel full faster and eat less. Weight-loss surgery may also work by altering the way your body processes the food you eat. If the food you eat bypasses a part of your intestine, your body will absorb fewer calories from the food. Some types of weight-loss surgery may use a combination of both techniques.


Are You a Good Candidate?


Weight-loss surgery could be an option for adults like you if you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more. You may also be eligible if you have a BMI of 35 or more with a severe health problem like obesity, hypertension, or type 2 diabetes. Patients with a BMI of 30 or more with type 2 diabetes that’s difficult to control with medicines and lifestyle changes may also be considered for weight-loss surgery. Since having this type of surgery is a serious decision to make, you must know what is involved. To help you decide whether weight-loss surgery is right for you, ask yourself these questions:


  • Am I physically and psychologically healthy enough to undergo this major surgery?

  • Am I unable to lose weight using non-surgical methods like medicines and lifestyle changes?

  • Do I fully understand what the operation will entail and what its risks and benefits are?

  • Am I ready for the costs of the procedure and what is required for my post-operative care?

  • Am I willing to undergo the necessary changes to my eating habits and physical activity patterns after my surgery?

  • Can I commit to a lifelong healthy, balanced diet and active lifestyle, regular medical checkups, and taking vitamins and supplements?


How to Prepare for Weight-Loss Surgery


Has your doctor deemed you eligible for weight-loss surgery? If so, here are some steps you can take to prepare for the procedure:


  • Start paying particular attention to food labels. You must cut and control your calories, fat, and sugar intake. You also must avoid processed foods.

  • Monitor what you eat and your activity level by keeping a food and activity diary. You may also download tracking apps for this purpose.

  • Practice eating slowly and taking dime-sized pieces only. Try taking a single bite every couple of minutes. Ensure that you chew your food well before swallowing.

  • Stay hydrated. If you can, try carrying a water bottle everywhere you go. You need to drink 64 ounces or nearly two liters of water daily. It would also help to practice sipping slowly.

  • Get rid of beverages that have high-calorie content. As much as possible, you need to remove juice, soda, and alcohol from your diet. The goal is to consume less than five calories per serving.

  • If you are a coffee-lover, you need to wean off caffeine before your surgery. You will also have to avoid coffee or any caffeinated products for six weeks during your recovery period.


Weight-loss surgery can be an excellent solution for people who want to lose weight. But it’s a surgery that may not be suitable for everyone. You should only undertake the operation after a thorough assessment and careful consideration.


Find out if weight loss surgery is an option for you, contact Laparoscopic Surgical Center of New York in New York, NY at (212) 879-6677.

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