Despite what some people believe, weight loss surgery is not the easy way out of obesity. You can expect life after bariatric surgery to be a 180-degree turnaround from what your life was like before, and at times it can be difficult. Nevertheless, when patients have lost in the neighborhood of half their former weight, most say that bariatric surgery was one of the best decisions they ever made.
If you are considering weight loss surgery to treat obesity, New Jersey bariatric surgeon Vadim Gritsus, M.D. can help you determine if any of these procedures is the right treatment for you. Dr. Gritsus is a recognized leader in the fields of laparoscopic and weight loss surgery and a compassionate and caring physician. When you come to our office for a consultation, Dr. Gritsus will tell you that weight loss surgery is not just a medical procedure – it is a long-term commitment to an entirely new way of life.
Changes to Expect after Weight Loss Surgery
From the beginning of your recovery through the rest of your life, things will never be the same after bariatric surgery. There will be difficulties and challenges to face, but also incredible benefits that can increase both your quality of life and your longevity.
Following are some of the life changes you can expect after weight loss surgery:
Dramatic weight loss: Most patients experience rapid weight loss after bariatric surgery. Depending on the procedure performed, patients can lose in the range of 25% to 90% of their excess pounds. Weight loss rates generally reach a low point at 12 to 18 months after surgery.
Dietary changes: A proper diet can make all the difference in your success and reduce the risk of complications. The stomach functions differently after bariatric surgery. You will find that you have to be selective about the foods you include in your diet, eat more slowly, and consume smaller portions to avoid uncomfortable or painful reactions.
Bariatric vitamins: The right supplements are essential after weight loss surgery to avoid malnutrition, particularly with certain procedures. Your body needs a sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals to function properly. Food is the best way to obtain vitamins and minerals, but after bariatric surgery, your stomach cannot hold as much food and its ability to absorb vitamins and minerals will be diminished.
More active lifestyle: Physical activity is an important aspect of obesity treatment that includes bariatric surgery. The surgery is only a tool to help you lose weight – the lifestyle changes are up to you. People who have had weight loss surgery are typically many pounds lighter and feel significantly better, which makes it easier to exercise and be more active.
Fewer medications: Many patients who had life-threatening obesity-related health conditions --such as diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, or asthma -- before bariatric surgery, find that they need significantly less or no medications after they recover from the surgery and lose the excess weight.
If you would like to know more about how weight loss surgery can change your life, contact us for a consultation with Vadim Gritsus, M.D. Dr. Gritsus will be happy to answer your questions, address your concerns, and help you determine whether bariatric surgery is the right treatment for you.