Weight Loss Surgery Requires Preparation

Bariatric surgery is a life-altering procedure that can help you achieve your weight loss goals.

The decision to undergo weight loss surgery is one that requires research and a long discussion with your doctor. Once the choice is made, the journey begins before the surgery is scheduled.

Weight loss or bariatric surgery is a means of achieving weight loss by either decreasing the size of the stomach or preventing the absorption of foods, bypassing a section of small intestine. Don't let this surgical procedure scare you! Talk to your doctor about the necessary preparations so that you can put your mind at ease.

Physical preparation
Prior to surgery, you may be encouraged to start a diet and exercise program. Consult with your doctor so they can help you come up with a personalized plan. Achieving a healthy lifestyle before weight loss surgery will make it easier to maintain good habits after the procedure and ensure that this new journey is a success. 

Mental preparation
Weight loss surgery is an effective way to achieve long-term weight loss goals. However, it is a life-changing experience that requires mental preparation. Before you embark on this new chapter of your life talk to your loved ones about the importance of their support.

If you need help reaching your weight-loss goals, St. Petersburg General Hospital may be able to help. We offer LAP-BAND surgery as a means of long-term weight management. The procedure is minimally invasive, making the hospital stay brief. For more information about weight loss surgery, call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5122.

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