Considering Weight Loss Surgery?
Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated August 23, 2013)
Over the past few years weight loss surgery has become more and more popular as a method for controlling unwanted weight. However, there is one thing that many people forget about when they start thinking of using this procedure. What they forget is that weight loss surgery is exactly that—surgery. This means that it is often invasive in some manner, requiring time off from work for recover, and many of the same drawbacks to most other types of surgery. Here is a bit more information that you can use to help ensure you are making a properly informed decision prior to going under the knife.
- What is it? There are all kinds of weight loss surgeries, and all of them have one thing in common that most people forget. That commonality is that this is a surgery, surgery designed to help reduce weight and end obesity, but surgery all the same. Surgery, regardless of the name is something that can potentially carry risks and accidents. Do not go into a surgery, even weight loss surgery, thinking that it is something completely free of all complications.
- Candidates. While weight loss surgery used to be viewed as a primarily cosmetic elective surgery, that is slowly changing. This means that doctors are becoming more and more unwilling to perform it on someone that really doesn't need it. The ideal candidate for this surgery is one that is currently facing obesity issues, which means that they are a minimum of 100 pounds overweight, and able to handle the potential risks and changes to their lifestyles.
- Benefits. Perhaps the single greatest benefit from weight loss surgery is that it does, in fact, help you to lose weight. Not only will you lose weight right away from whatever excess fat is removed (if that is the type of surgery you are receiving), but it will also help you to continuously lose weight for up to another 24 months. Another benefit of this type of surgery is that it can help reduce or even eliminate other obesity related conditions.
- Potential side effects. As with any surgery, there are a few potential side effects to weight loss surgery that you should know about. These can include a rather wide range of effects that range from dizziness and nausea, to gallstones, or even malnutrition. For a complete list of all the potential side effects of the type of surgery you may undergo talk with your doctor. Make sure that you continue to talk with your doctor until you are sure that you understand each and every one of them.
One important fact that you should also consider before signing up for this type of surgery is your insurance. Except for some specific cases, this type of surgery is considered elective or cosmetic, and therefore often not covered by insurance plans. Make sure that your insurance covers the procedure before you agree to it, otherwise you will be paying for everything out of pocket.