Weight loss surgery has been around for years, yet there are still so many misconceptions about it. One is the ‘easy’ approach to losing weight. And second, that it’s only for women who want to lose their extra weight.

The Facts
Going under the knife to lose those excess pounds is actually more complicated than what many people may think.

It’s NOT an ‘easy’ approach to losing weight. To qualify for bariatric surgery, you have to meet certain criteria.

Basic qualifications include a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher or a BMI of 35 with an obesity-related condition like diabetes, sleep apnea, or hypertension.

Is weight loss surgery only for women?
It’s NOT. Obesity and its related medical conditions can affect anyone. Bariatric or weight loss surgery is for anyone who’s tried conventional weight loss methods and still couldn’t lose weight or sustain the weight loss long term.

What You Need To Know About Weight Loss Surgery
There are different types of weight loss surgery. There are those that help you lose weight by changing the size of your stomach (this will make you feel full easily even with just a small amount of food) or rerouting your stomach and intestines to reduce your appetite.

Some of the most common weight loss procedures include:
Sleeve gastrectomy
This procedure involves removing 80 percent of your stomach, causing you to feel full very quickly.

Gastric bypass
Also known as the “gold standard” bariatric procedure, gastric bypass involves separating the upper 10 percent of your stomach and connecting it directly to the middle portion of your small intestine.

Gastric band or LAP-BAN
This surgery involves installing a band around the top portion of the stomach to limit the amount of food you can take.

What happens after weight loss surgery?
After weight loss surgery, you’ll not be able to resume immediately to your usual diet. There’s a process before you can get back to ‘normal’ eating.

For the first few weeks, you’ll be on a liquid diet then slowly transition to soft and eventually, to regular food.

Supplements may also be recommended to you to prevent any form of nutritional deficiencies.

At New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery in Knoxville, TN, we have an experienced team who will guide you all throughout your journey.

As bariatric surgery is a major life decision, we require all our patients to attend or view our FREE info series. This will give you an opportunity to meet our bariatric surgeon, Dr. K. Robert Williams, and a better idea of what to expect with your weight loss surgery. Attending this seminar will be your very first step towards a healthier you.

Register to watch our free online information seminar by visiting us at https://www.newlifebariatricsurgery.com/info-sessions/ or give us a call at (865) 694-9676.

New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery is part of Premier Surgical Bariatrics in Knoxville, Tennessee. New LIfe is affiliated with the Parkwest Center for Bariatric Surgery, part of Covenant Health Bariatric Services.

References:
https://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/features/weight-loss-surgery-obesity#2
https://www.menshealth.com/weight-loss/a19540658/weight-loss-guide-to-bariatric-surgery/