How to Prepare for Weight Loss Surgery
Before undergoing weight loss surgery a screening process may take place. The doctor must ensure that you are a candidate for weight loss surgery and determine which weight loss surgery is right for you. Not everyone who desires surgery will get it. There are patients who are not medically ready or psychologically ready for the surgical procedure and after-care program and thus are not offered the treatment.
The good news is that the surgery can be planned for. There are many things that you can do to get yourself ready for weight loss surgery. Some extensive testing may be conducted by a team of professionals to ensure that you are a candidate. The team may consist of a medical doctor, a bariatric surgeon, a nutritionist or dietician, a psychologist or a life-coach.
The team of professionals will assess the patient’s health and expected improvement after the surgery as well as cover any pre-existing conditions that may cause problems if surgery is performed. Some of the conditions may be worked around, but it is important for the doctor to have all of the necessary medical information upfront before performing the surgery.
Surgery for weight loss is normally recommended for the patient when the benefits far exceed the risks. Another determining factor for surgery is the patient’s willingness to follow all of the recommendations offered by the surgical team. Recommendations may include the patient’s need to lose weight prior to surgery. In some cases, a patient may be asked to lose 20 pounds before undergoing surgery and the patient’s willingness to do so may result in the surgery happening or not happening.
The nutrition and exercise team may prescribe a diet and exercise plan for the possible surgery candidate to see if the patient is willing to follow the structure and regimen. If a patient is willing to follow the plan and do what the team asks, they are more likely to receive the surgery than a candidate who neglects to follow the recommended plan.
Counseling is also a crucial component in determining if a patient is psychologically ready to undergo weight loss surgery. A counselor or psychologist should be able to determine if the candidate is mentally strong enough to undergo surgery and follow the plan after the procedure is complete. The surgery may be postponed until the psychologist feels as though the candidate is ready for the treatment.
A common failure of a candidate’s preparedness is the inability to quit smoking. Doctors may ask that the candidate quit using cigarettes prior to surgery. Doctors are able to provide prescription patches and gum that will help the candidate become successful if this is a problem area.
The most important factor in preparing for weight loss surgery is to follow the doctor’s direction for getting yourself ready for treatment. This includes nutrition, exercise, and mental preparedness. If a candidate is able to follow the doctor’s pre-treatment plan successfully and achieve all that was instructed, the candidate is highly likely to be recommended for weight loss surgery.