Bariatric surgery is not a magic weight loss pill to be considered lightly or considered in a bubble without consideration of the overall circumstances that lead someone to the decision to undergo this type of surgery. It is also not a quick fix for someone who has been fighting that same 20 pounds for the last several years. As with any surgeries, it carries certain risks along with the many benefits it affords.
Bariatric surgery is a serious and more permanent alternative for those who:
- have a deep desire to live a healthier life but struggle with obesity
- have tried and failed to maintain weight loss through diet or drug therapy alone
- are committed to making long term changes in eating and lifestyle habits
Aftercare from any Bariatric surgery, in order to ensure the success of a patient as a whole must include working with a Nutritionist to develop healthy eating habits, not simply following a dietary regimen, and implementing and sustaining an exercise program. That may mean anything from daily walks to weight training for muscle and tone. Many have also benefitted greatly from being active in a support group outside of their family unit, where they can share their struggles and their triumphs freely and be encouraged by knowing they are not alone, that others are experiencing the same things they are.
Preparing many of these aftercare situations in advance of surgery is often the best way to handle this, as so many choose to have their actual surgery outside of their home country, due to high health care costs, long wait times for surgery and other considerations. As plans to have medical procedures performed in a country other than one’s own have become more common over the last 10 years, the term has been dubbed Medical Tourism, and some countries, like Mexico, have developed programs specifically to address the needs of those who Tour for Medical, rather than pleasure reasons, to these countries.
Whatever your personal reasons are for looking into Bariatric Surgery options, at our facilities you will find a caring knowledgeable staff ready to answer your questions and assist you with all the necessary information that you, along with your personal health care provider need to make the choice that is right for you at this time in your life. You’ll find the following procedures available to you at our facility:
- Lap Band
- Gastric Sleeve
- Gastric Plication
- Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
- Mini Gastric Bypass
- Duodenal Switch
- Revision Surgery