If you have a lot of weight to lose you may be considering weight loss surgery.
This may be the best choice you can make, since there is a lot of research supporting weight loss surgery as the most reliable way to achieve and maintain significant weight loss. However, the decision to have surgery is complex, and should not be taken lightly. Although this surgery is generally safe, there are still some risks involved, as there is for all surgeries. Even more important to understand is that weight loss surgery is only part of what it takes to achieve your weight loss goals.
Surgery changes your body, and this will help you to change your behaviour. It is behaviour change, not surgery, that is the cause of good or less favourable weight loss outcomes. It is unfortunately the case that 20 – 30% of patients fail to reach expected weight loss targets, and weight regain over the long term (beyond 3 years) is common. It is now becoming clear that weight loss surgery should be one part of a multidisciplinary approach to long-term weight management.
Before surgery, our team will help prepare you for the journey ahead.
After surgery, we’ll help keep you on track for the best possible results.
Summary of the Weight Loss Surgery Support Program
Multidisciplinary Team Evaluation
Our specialized evaluation includes a full physical workup, behavioral assessment, nutritional analysis, and body composition and fitness appraisal. It is here that we will determine if surgery is the right decision, and if so what kind of surgery, when, what to do before, and what to do after. You will see each member of our team, providing a complete analysis and optimal planning.
If you are having surgery, our priority is to get you ready, by making sure you understand the post-surgery behavioural requirements. Depending on the amount of time before your surgery, we may also work on beginning your weight loss process. We will help you improve eating habits and increase physical activity, to both optimize physical conditioning for surgery and to start developing the new habits that are needed after surgery and for the long-term. If you have specific habits that are known to interfere with post-surgery results, such as binge eating or excessive alcohol consumption, we will help you modify those habits.
First year after Surgery
After surgery, we’ll monitor you on a regular basis to make sure that you are getting the expected benefits. If we notice that you are off track in any way, we’ll offer you help to correct that. We’ll also monitor your medical condition on a regular basis.
We offer ongoing access to all our services. We encourage a long-term perspective and long-term multidisciplinary follow-up, since we are more concerned with how you will be doing in 5 years, rather than 3 months. For example, 6, 12, 24 (and more) months post-surgery, are you where you should be in terms of eating and exercise habits? Are you feeling good? Satisfied? We’ll be there with you to make sure that is the case!
If you're thinking about weight loss surgery, or if you’ve already had it, come and see us, the specialists in comprehensive obesity care.