If you’ve put thoughts of bariatric surgery on the back burner for a while, you may be wondering whether it’s finally time to move forward. How do you know when you’re at the right place in your life for the surgery? Below are some things to consider.
If you answer “yes” to all these questions, that’s great. But a “no” doesn’t rule out bariatric surgery. It simply highlights an issue you should discuss with your bariatric team.
1. Are you concerned about how your weight is affecting your health? The desire for a longer, healthier life is a major motivating factor for many people who get bariatric surgery.
2. Are you committed to making healthy behavior changes for life? For optimal long-term results, the surgery should be combined with a healthy diet and regular physical activity.
3. Are you tobacco-free? If not, are you ready to quit smoking? Not smoking prior to bariatric surgery helps enhance healing and reduces the risk for complications.
4. Do you use alcohol responsibly? Are you able to stop drinking? Following bariatric surgery, you may need to avoid alcohol due to changes in how your body metabolizes it.
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