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Choosing Weight Loss Surgery

​Deciding on Surgery

Before choosing surgery, you and your doctor should evaluate all other weight loss options. If your doctor determines you are an appropriate surgical candidate, it's important to understand the following:

  • Weight loss surgery is not cosmetic surgery.
  • It does not involve the removal of fat by suction or excision.
  • Weight loss surgical procedures (approved in the United States) are not reversible.
  • The success of weight loss surgery is dependent upon long-term lifestyle changes in diet and exercise.
  • Problems may arise after surgery that require additional operations.

Although most patients enjoy improvement in mobility, self-image and self-esteem after the procedure, these results should not be the overriding motivation for doing it. The goal of this surgery is to help you live better, healthier and longer.

Do Your Homework

Talk to your primary care physician. They can answer your questions and determine if you are a good candidate for surgery.

Attend an information session. Should you decide to choose the MultiCare Rockwood Weight Loss Surgery Center, you are required to attend one of our information sessions. Held once a month in the Deaconess Health Education Center, these sessions cover topics such as insurance pre-authorization, pre-operative and post-operative nutrition, surgical options and the post-surgery lifestyle. Learn more about the sessions.

Consult with an experienced bariatric surgeon. A qualified surgeon should explain the details of the procedure, the extent of the recovery period and the reality of the follow-up care that will be required. Your surgeon may, as part of routine evaluation for weight loss surgery, require that you consult with a nutritionist and a therapist to help you understand the post-operative behavior changes that are essential for staying healthy and keeping the weight off in the long term.

Join a support group. Talking to others who have taken the path you are now considering may help you learn more about the benefits, challenges and risks of weight loss surgery. Our bariatric specialists offer monthly support groups that are open to all, both pre- and post-surgery patients.

Commit to Long-Term Wellness

Expect the unexpected. Even the simplest procedures can have unexpected outcomes both physically and emotionally. 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, nutritional counseling and other forms of continuing education.

Make an informed decision. After having heard all the information, you must decide if the benefits of surgery 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.