Is Weight Loss Surgery The Right Choice For You?
With obesity rates rising in Singapore and around the world, an increasing number of people are turning to weight loss (bariatric) surgery to help them control their weight gain and manage complications from obesity. However, it’s important to note that such a drastic option is not suitable for everyone, and that lifestyle changes are generally needed afterwards for the surgery to be fully effective.
At G & L Surgical Clinic, we have extensive experience screening for and performing a variety of bariatric surgeries. To help people make an informed choice about their health, we’ve prepared this article with the intention of providing a start point for your own research and discussion with your own medical professional.
Not the first response that should be pursued
The first and most critical point to note is that with few exceptions, bariatric surgery is only considered as a viable option for weight loss after a number of other avenues have been exhausted. As a drastic weight loss measure, most doctors advise that patients only consider bariatric surgery when other methods of weight loss such as dieting, exercise and other lifestyle changes have proven to be ineffective.
People below the age of 20 are usually not a candidate for bariatric surgery, but may be considered in cases where their obesity is already having a detrimental effect on their health.
Different approaches to bariatric surgery
Bariatric surgery is not a single procedure. At G & L Surgical Clinic, we practice a variety of techniques including sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding, and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Different patients with different conditions derive better results from each technique, so it’s important to closely consult with your doctor prior to the surgery. At our clinic, we always match each patient to the most suitable procedure after close examination and consultation, aiming to deliver optimal outcomes for each and every individual.
Post-operative care & management
After any bariatric surgical procedure, your doctor will reiterate the changes that you need to make to your lifestyle in order to maintain a healthy weight. In the months afterwards, you may have to adjust the quantity and type of food you eat, as some may now have an adverse effect on your digestion. Many people who have undergone weight loss surgery report difficulty eating highly sugary foods, which may have to be dropped from your diet.
For more information about weight loss surgery, contact G & L Surgical today.