Obesity Surgery - Things to consider

Choosing to have obesity surgery is a big decision

Here are some things to consider before deciding obesity surgery is for you


  • Are you considering bariatric surgery for morbid obesity?
  • Are you classed as being morbidly obese? (BMI over 40 or 35 with 2 obesity related illnesses)
  • Have you tried other methods to lose weight before considering surgery for morbid obesity?
  • Have you researched the pros and cons of different obesity operations, such as laparoscopic gastric banding, laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic duodenal switch and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy?
  • Are you clinically fit for an operation?
  • Are you over 18 years old?
  • Which bariatric surgeon?
  • How experienced is your bariatric surgeon in obesity surgery?
  • Do you have a good rapport with your bariatric surgeon?
  • What if surgical complications occur?
  • How will you fund your surgery? Prices vary according to the type of surgery, where the surgery takes place, and by whom.
  • Is the after-care included in the package price? Those who choose a laparoscopic gastric band will require 4 or more follow-up visits in the first 6 months. Laparoscopic gastric bypass and duodenal switch patients will require a minimum of 3 follow-up visits in the first 6 months.
  • Can you commit to life-long follow-up, including blood tests and regular visits to your bariatric surgeon? Blood tests are essential, especially for those who have the laparoscopic gastric bypass or duodenal switch procedure.
  • Are you committed to a new way of eating and regular exercise?
  • Do you have support from your friends/family/GP? Are they well informed about bariatric surgery?
  • Remember, this is not cosmetic surgery, fat is not removed.


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