How many weight loss surgeries do they perform each year?
How often do their patients have complications? What side effects are most common?
Look for a center or hospital that offers educational seminars, or for support groups that you can turn to before and after your operation.
What Should I Expect Before the Surgery?
Your doctors may ask you to lose some weight before surgery to show your commitment to change, and to improve your health. Some surgeons ask people to try to lose 15 pounds to 30 pounds before surgery.
If you smoke, your doctor will likely tell you to quit, both for your long-term health and to cut the chances of problems from your operation. Smokers are more likely to have complications, such as pneumonia, from surgery.
You may also meet with a nutritionist about changing the way you eat. When people start building better food habits before surgery -- eating smaller portions, eating slowly, paying closer attention to the nutritional makeup of meals -- they often adapt better to life after surgery.
The process may also require a psychological evaluation.
You should get a thorough checkup to find any potential problems before surgery. Using an experienced and qualified surgeon is also critical.
There’s also a chance of getting medical problems due to nutritional deficiencies such as anemia. Your doctor will want to monitor your nutritional health with regular checkups as well as have you follow a healthy diet and exercise plan that may include taking supplements.