What You Should Know If You're Considering Bariatric Surgery

We encourage our patients to join our bariatric surgery support group.

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Having bariatric surgery is a major life decision. All prospective patients need to understand the risks, benefits, expected outcome and potential life adjustment after surgery. Our team recommends that people who are considering surgery for weight loss research information online using trusted medical websites, attend seminars, and speak with their medical care team. We also encourage our patients to join our bariatric surgery support group, where they can talk to patients who have had bariatric surgery and hear their experiences.

During a consultation, patients should discuss the surgical options and their unique medical issues with a bariatric surgeon. It is also extremely important to take a pre-operative class taught by registered dieticians and nurse practitioners, in which they'll learn about the stages of the post-operative diets and necessary preparations. It's also important for patients to know that after surgery, they are typically put on a protein shake diet for 2-3 weeks — after which they can begin to start introducing soft foods again as advised by their medical care team.

At the end of the day, bariatric surgery is a personal decision and one that should be made following research and consideration.

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