6 Considerations before Getting Weight Loss Surgery
Being obese, fat and overweight is a serious health hazard. Obesity is closely linked to degenerative diseases like diabetes, stroke and cancer.
If you have problems getting rid of your excess weight, you may be considering surgery to remove this excess weight. However, bear in mind that choosing surgery as the solution to your weight loss problems is a big step that has to be considered carefully.
Weight loss surgery is a common option now, but there are a number of factors that could influence how successful the procedure will be, especially in the long term.
Here are 6 considerations to bear in mind as you contemplate surgery.
1. Your Current Weight
In theory, the higher your weight, or body mass index, the more weight you can lose after undergoing the surgical treatment.
Surgical patients with less extreme obesity can achieve their ideal weight by taking up a diet and exercise program soon after surgery.
In either case, there may be underlying dietary or psychological issues that are supporting the trend toward obesity. It might be wise to consult a nutritionist or therapist before determining on surgery.
At the least, if you can reduce your excess body weight from severe to moderate, you’ll go into the procedure as a healthier patient and have better chances of recuperating and shedding the weight post-surgery.
2. General Health
If your overall health is good, having significant weight loss may reduce the symptoms of other ailments. For example, those with type 2 diabetes tend to lose more weight, faster, after weight loss surgery.
If you commit to a weight loss procedure, and a diet and fitness regimen after, many surgery patients have reported fewer problems with high blood pressure, sleep apnea, depression, and chronic back pain.
As obesity is one of the main contributors to some of these disorders, significant weight less can be expected to help. However, you must still maintain a healthy lifestyle with minimal stress and general good health to support diet and exercise routines that are a necessary follow-up.
3. Undergoing Weight Loss Procedures
As with any surgical procedure, there are possible risks. You should take the time to identify medical staff that are highly experienced at this sort of surgery to reduce the chance of complications and achieve the best outcome.
Ask your regular doctor for recommendations. Ask all the questions you need to of those who will be performing the actual procedure. Inquire about their success rate, latest techniques, number of surgeries performed, and try to get referrals from past patients.
Look for online reviews. You should also ask about the quality of post-surgical care and any counseling provided by the facility.
4. Exercise and Diet
Regardless of how successful your surgery is, following a program of fitness and nutrition is required to maximize your weight loss and to keep the weight off.
If you don’t have the physical ability for regular exercise, you won’t be able to lose the fat you need to in reaching and sustaining a healthy body weight. Start slowly and with a mild fitness regimen if necessary. Adopt a low-calorie diet built around healthy foods.
You can also find a wide range of dietary aids and supplements from holistic health companies to help you meet your nutritional goals.
5. Prepare Yourself for Pre- and Post-Surgery by Enhancing Your Stem Cell Production
Take advantage of the latest in science and medicine to help you on this journey. Step up your intake of oral stem cell support supplements before your surgery. This will stimulate the production of adult stem cells in your bone marrow.
Stem cells have the unique and amazing ability to reproduce any tissue or organ in your body. Having a constant renewal and regeneration of such tissues will prepare you for your operation. And also help you heal faster and recuperate post operation.
6. Find Support
Weight loss is just as much about will-power as it is physical action and meal planning. It takes discipline to stay with a healthy lifestyle. If you can’t develop these qualities, then your weight loss will only be short-lived and temporary.
As soon as you decide on surgery, discuss your plans with family, friends, and trusted co-workers to get them involved. Look for local weight-loss groups. You may have to turn to them for emotional support in the difficult post-surgery stage. Ideally, you want to have your own post-surgery support network in place before surgery occurs.
Remember that weight loss surgery is both a big step and a big opportunity. In order to stay healthy and get closer to your ideal weight, you’re going to have to adopt a new outlook on diet and exercise.
Post by Dixie Somers
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