Once you are scheduled for bariatric surgery, it is important to prepare thoroughly for the procedure. Effective preparation can help reduce your stress, save you money, minimize the risk of complications, increase the amount of weight you lose overall, and help you keep the weight off long term. The sooner you begin preparing for surgery, the more likely you will be able to achieve your long-term health improvement goals.
Vadim Gritsus, M.D. is a New Jersey bariatric surgeon who understands that the goal of weight loss surgery is to live a better, healthier, longer life. He takes a supportive, nurturing approach to his patients and will gladly answer your questions and explain the details of the procedure, the recovery, and your follow-up care.
Preparing for Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric surgery requires more preparation than many other procedures. For one thing, your commitment to changing your lifestyle must begin before your surgery takes place.
In a study published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) involving 90 gastric bypass patients, researchers found that preoperative weight loss of 1% correlated with postoperative weight loss of 1.8% at one year after surgery, so a patient with 5% weight loss before surgery could expect to lose 9% more by one year post-op. Researchers also found that patients who lost more than 5% of their weight before surgery spent, on average, 36 minutes less time in the operating room.