Bariatric Surgery Gold Coast
10 things to know before bariatric surgery
Bariatric Surgery Gold Coast
Top 10 essential insights before bariatric surgery
Bariatric surgery is a big decision that comes with many questions and considerations. As a specialist in weight loss surgery at the Gold Coast’s Core Specialist Group, I often guide patients through these complexities. In this article, we’ll explore the top 10 things you need to know before you have bariatric surgery.
Understanding the different types of weight loss surgery
It’s crucial to understand the options available. From gastric bypass to sleeve gastrectomy, each type of surgery has different implications and suitability factors. Understanding your different options is the first step in your journey.
Am I a candidate for bariatric surgery?
Not everyone is a suitable candidate for bariatric surgery.
“Whether you are a candidate for weight loss surgery, depends on a few factors, such as your BMI, health conditions related to obesity, and previous weight loss efforts.”
Factors that play a role if you are suitable for bariatric surgery
BMI requirements: Typically, candidates for bariatric surgery have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or higher. However, individuals with a BMI between 30 and 35 may also be candidates if they have obesity-related health conditions.
Obesity-related health conditions: Conditions such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnoea, and heart disease, which are exacerbated by obesity, can make someone a more urgent candidate for surgery.
Previous weight loss efforts: A history of unsuccessful weight loss attempts through diet and exercise is an important factor.
Psychological readiness: Mental and emotional readiness is just as important as physical readiness.
Commitment to lifestyle changes: Bariatric surgery requires a lifelong commitment to dietary changes, regular exercise, and follow-up medical appointments. Candidates must be willing and able to adhere to these changes to ensure the success and safety of the procedure.
Age and overall health: While there’s no strict age limit, patients typically range from 18 to 65 years old.
Absence of contraindications: Certain medical conditions can rule out bariatric surgery as an option. Issues like severe heart or lung diseases, or certain gastrointestinal diseases, can pose too high a risk.
Pre-operative visits and consultations
Pre-operative appointments are crucial for assessing your overall health, discussing risks, and preparing you mentally and physically for bariatric surgery.
Day of the surgery; what to expect?
Understanding what the surgery day entails can ease anxiety.
“You’ll be given specific instructions on what to do and expect on the day of your surgery. It typically involves fasting, arriving at the hospital early, and preparing for anaesthesia.”
It’s crucial that you have a clear understanding of the risks, benefits and the need of follow-up care.
After bariatric surgery
Post-operative care is key to recovery. The initial days after bariatric surgery will involve managing discomfort, starting a liquid diet, and slowly transitioning to solid foods.
Acknowledging surgical risks
As with any surgery, there are risks involved. It’s important to understand potential risks like infections, blood clots, or reactions to anaesthesia.
Complications to watch for
Post-surgery complications can vary. Look out for symptoms like severe pain, fever, or unusual swelling. Immediate medical attention for any concerning signs is crucial.
Establishing a successful post-surgery routine
Your lifestyle post-bariatric surgery will need adjustments.
“Developing a routine involving a healthy diet, regular exercise, and follow-up appointments are vital for long-term success.”
This combined focus on diet, exercise, medical follow-up, and emotional well-being is key to achieving and maintaining the transformative results of bariatric surgery.
Bariatric surgery can lead to hormonal changes affecting appetite, metabolism, and even mood. These changes are part of the process leading to weight loss. It’s a complex interplay that underscores the surgery’s impact beyond mere physical transformation.
Benefits, expectations and outcomes
Finally, it’s important to have realistic expectations. While the benefits like significant weight loss and improved health conditions are profound, it’s a journey that requires commitment and lifestyle changes.
Gold Coast Bariatric Surgery
For expert care, advanced surgical solutions and a supportive community, please get in touch with Core Specialist Group. With consulting rooms in Tugun, Lismore and Byron Bay we cater to all patients in the Brisbane/Gold Coast and Northern Rivers areas.
Schedule your appointment today to discuss how we can assist you on your journey to a healthier you.