Bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, is a life-affirming option for individuals struggling with obesity or weight-related complications. If you have been struggling to lose weight to no avail despite regular exercise and a balanced diet, bariatric surgery may be the right option for you. But while bariatric surgery offers incredible benefits, the decision to undergo the procedure should be made carefully and in consultation with a reliable bariatric surgeon. We answer some of the most common questions patients have about bariatric surgery.
Is Bariatric Surgery Safe?
One of the most common concerns is the safety of bariatric surgery. While all surgeries carry some risk, such as infections and negative reactions to anesthesia, bariatric surgeries are generally safe when performed by board-certified surgeons in accredited facilities. The risks associated with obesity, such as diabetes and heart disease, often outweigh the risks.
Will I Need to Make Lifestyle Changes?
Yes, you must commit to making lifestyle changes to sustain the results of your bariatric surgery. Surgery is a tool, but it’s not a magic solution. To achieve and maintain a healthy weight, you must adopt a healthier diet, exercise regularly, and attend follow-up appointments with your surgeon to ensure long-term success. Bariatric surgery only works with lifestyle changes.
What is the Recovery Process Like?
The recovery process varies depending on the type of surgery performed. However, most patients can return to normal activities within a few weeks. Initially, a liquid or soft food diet is recommended, followed by a gradual transition to solid foods. Follow-up appointments with the surgical team are essential to monitor progress and address concerns.
Will I Experience Excess Skin After Weight Loss?
Excess skin is a common concern following significant weight loss. The degree of excess skin varies from person to person and is influenced by factors like age, genetics, and the rate of weight loss. If you’re concerned about the appearance of excess skin after weight loss, you can opt for body contouring surgeries to remove excess skin and improve the results.
How Long Will It Take to See Weight Loss Results?
Weight loss following bariatric surgery varies among individuals. Generally speaking, you may lose weight rapidly during the first 4 to 6 weeks, following which the rate of weight loss will slow down. After about 6 weeks, the rate of weight loss may slow down, but you’ll see continued improvements for several months if you stick to your diet and exercise plan.
Will I Regain Weight After Bariatric Surgery?
In some cases, patients do experience weight regain after a successful bariatric surgery, especially if they stop adhering to the recommended lifestyle guidelines. If you notice any weight regain, please schedule follow-up appointments with our surgical team for an evaluation. Our team will help you get back on track with your weight loss goals.
If you are considering bariatric surgery, please schedule your consultation with our board-certified bariatric surgeons. Our surgeons at NJ Advanced Surgical Solutions can provide personalized guidance and support to help you achieve and maintain your desired weight.