Weight loss surgery has been an effective solution for millions of people struggling to lose weight with conventional diets. Is it the right solution for you? Cost, side effects, and lifestyle changes should all be considered before making a decision.
Here’s ten things about weight loss surgery you should know:
Surgery Isn’t For Everyone
Surgery should be viewed as a drastic step to a long term problem. If you’re only 20-30 pounds overweight, you likely aren’t a good candidate for surgery. If you’re well over 100 pounds overweight, or have a body mass index over 40, surgery might be your best option if you’ve been unsuccessful with diet and exercise.
There’s More Than One Kind Of Surgery
“Weight Loss Surgery” is often thought of as a singular procedure, but there are many different procedures you’ll need to choose from. Gastric bypass is the most common, but others can be a better fit for your personal health and lifestyle.
Types of surgeries:
– Gastric Bypass
– Sleeve Gastrectomy
– Lap Band
– Stomach Pump
– Vegal Blocking
The actual weight loss surgery will cost $15,000 – $20,000 depending on the procedure you choose and where you live. Other costs you’ll need to consider are your new diet with specific foods and protein shakes your doctor recommends.
More significant costs include follow up procedures required for complications or infections. Plastic surgery should also be taken into consideration to help manage loose skin.
Diet After Surgery
The weeks after surgery will require a specific high protein diet to preserve muscle mass and help your metabolism. You won’t be eating “normally” for several months. Your diet will mainly consist of protein shakes, and some soups.
Exercise After Surgery
Yeah, you’ll still need to exercise after weight loss surgery and if you don’t, expect a very stern conversation with your doctor. You’ll be placed on a regular regimen of walking, then progress to light cardio.
Common Side Effects
As with any surgery there are going to side effects most people will encounter. Some of the side effects will be more pronounced in the days and weeks following surgery, and others will be part of your life for much longer.
These are common side effects and should be expected:
How Much Weight You’ll Lose
While the cost and side effects are in constant debate, there is no question as to the effectiveness of the surgery. You’re making a physical change to your body intended to produce a very specific physical result. It isn’t a diet that might fail.
You will lose weight. And it’s going to be a lot.
Most patients will lose 15-20 pounds per month for the first six months, and will continue to lose weight for up a year or until your weight and lifestyle normalize.
See Also: How to lose 20 pounds in two months
Hair Loss Is Common
One of the more traumatic, and common, side effects to surgery is the loss of hair. It’s a culmination of nutrient deficiencies as well as physical, mental and emotional stress. You’ll be asked to take supplements intended to reduce hair loss both before and after your procedure.
Excess (Loose) Skin
One of the more common experiences following weight loss surgery is noticeably loose skin. Your skin is very elastic and will contour to whatever your shape becomes. It does, however, have limitations as to the speed at which it changes. When you lose a significant amount of weight, in a very short period of time, the skin can’t adapt fast enough. This results in loose, hanging skin.
Exercising regularly after surgery can help diminish this side effect, but it should be expected with most weight loss surgeries. In extreme cases, additional plastic surgery to remove the extra skin will be your best option.
Other Health Benefits
While surgery is often the solution to obesity, and unsuccessful dieting, there are other positive health benefits. Type 2 diabetes is resolved in 9 out of 10 patients. It also addresses sleep apnea and can dramatically reduce more serious issues like heart disease.
- 5 ways to boost your metabolism
- Intermittent fasting for fat loss
- Atkins diet for beginners
- The worst diets for weight loss
- How to lose 20 pounds in two months
- Getting rid of back fat