Your Expectations: What Bariatric Surgery Can Or Cannot Do For You
Contributed by Dato' Dr Tikfu Gee
As a person living with morbid obesity, you already know that there’s a significant psychological impact due to your health issues. Your social interactions are different because your self esteem is probably lowered by embarrassment and shame. Your social activity is hampered by your physical limitations. Even your means of transportation might be limited, as it’s hard to drive, get on a bus, or walk anywhere. So it will come as no surprise that your recovery period from bariatric surgery will see some changes in your lifestyle, physically and psychologically.
What to Expect From Bariatric Surgery
Pace of Weight Loss
Worst Case Scenario
Set Yourself Up For Success
If you’ve read everything up to now, you should have a good idea of what bariatric surgery can and can’t do for you. It will jump-start your weight loss journey, but you are the one to continue it.
As far as numbers go, many patients see up to 50% loss of their excess body fat (not their entire weight) in the first six months. After about two years, you can see up to 75% loss of the excess body fat…if you maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen. The whole idea behind achievable goals, realistic expectations, and group support is to stay motivated. The worst thing you can do is become discouraged simply because you didn’t have your expectations set up correctly.
By knowing how things will progress, that it take a lot of time, patience and work, you can set smart goals and win in the long term. That means you’ll shed the weight, stay healthy, and keep the weight off for years to come.