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Weight loss surgery has been increasingly recommended for patients who are suffering from excessive weight alone, or in whom obesity is complicated with diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnea. Volumes of medical studies demonstrated effectiveness and safety of current weight loss procedures. Weight loss surgery is a major surgery. Although most patients enjoy an improvement in obesity-related health conditions (such as mobility, self-image and self-esteem) after the successful results of weight loss surgery, these results should not be the overriding motivation for having the procedure. The goal is to live better, healthier and longer. That is why you should make the decision to have weight loss surgery only after careful consideration and consultation with an experienced bariatric surgeon or a knowledgeable family physician.

A qualified surgeon should answer your questions clearly and explain the exact details of the procedure, the extent of the recovery period and the reality of the follow-up care that will be required. They may, as part of routine evaluation for weight loss surgery, require that you consult with a dietician/nutritionist and a psychiatrist/therapist. This is to help establish a clear understanding of the post-operative changes in behavior that are essential for long-term success.

It is important to remember that there are no ironclad guarantees in any kind of medicine or surgery. There can be unexpected outcomes in even the simplest procedures. What can be said, however, is that weight loss surgery will only succeed when the patient makes a lifelong commitment. Some of the challenges facing a person after weight loss surgery can be unexpected. Lifestyle changes can strain relationships within families and between married couples. To help patients achieve their goals and deal with the changes surgery and weight loss can bring, most bariatric surgeons offer follow-up care that includes support groups, dietitians and other forms of continuing education.

Ultimately, the decision to have the procedure is entirely up to you. After having heard all the information, you must decide if the benefits outweigh the side effects and potential complications. This surgery is only a tool. Your ultimate success depends on strict adherence to the recommended dietary, exercise and lifestyle changes.

Why Weight Loss Surgery?

Losing weight is perhaps one of the hardest things one can do. Many people struggle with weight loss and weight gain throughout their entire lives.

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FAQs

Anyone thinking about bariatric surgery must achieve a full understanding of what is involved, including the associated personal responsibilities, the risks and the probability of success.

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What to Expect

So you have been thinking about weight loss surgery and are ready to get started. You likely have many, many questions on your mind.

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Psychological Evaluation

My name is Michael Sakowitz. I have a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Kent State University, and I am a licensed psychologist in both New Jersey and Arizona.

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Nutritionist

Susana Mendelson, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., is the nutritionist for Advanced Surgical Solutions, LLC. She has been working with our practice since March, 2004.

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