If you are considering having weight loss surgery, it’s important to understand that it’s not a magic solution for losing weight.  Yes, it is an excellent option for those with lots of weight to lose, but it’s important to know that it shouldn’t be a first option. Weight loss surgery is exactly that – surgery. That means there are certain inherent risks involved. Before you decide to undergo weight loss surgery Canada residents, you should ask the right questions. Below is an example of the types of questions you should ask before undergoing weight loss surgery.

Am I a candidate for weight-loss surgery

If you have a BMI more than 35 and/or obesity-related conditions, you could be a good candidate for weight-loss surgery.

Is weight-loss surgery invasive?

Not necessarily. In many cases the procedure can be done laparoscopically, which means less pain, shorter recovery time, a small scar, etc. However, even with laparoscopic surgery, there are some risks.

What are the risks involved?

Always ask your surgeon about the particular risks involved in the type of surgery you are considering having. It’s important to go into the procedure with a full understanding of both the benefits of the procedure and the risk.

Will I lose weight quickly? Will I keep it off?

Yes, you’ll lose weight quickly for up to two years following the procedure. As long as you follow the dietary restrictions laid out by the doctor following the surgery, you will keep it off.

Are there circumstances under which I might not be eligible for surgery?

You will have to undergo a heart and lung evaluation prior to the surgery, to determine whether you are at too high a risk for the surgery. If that is deemed to be the case, you will be asked to lose some weight before the surgery, to reduce the risk.

What lifestyle changes will I have to make?

Following bariatric surgery, you are going to have to make some serious lifestyle changes. You’ll have to carefully follow the doctor’s orders regarding what you can and cannot eat. In addition, you will probably have to take nutritional supplements. Immediately following the surgery and for up to two weeks afterwards, you will probably be required to have a liquid diet and then gradually work your way up to solid food over the course of a couple of months.

Will I still be able to get pregnant?

Although fertility is not affected by the procedure, it is recommended that you don’t get pregnant for at least a year after the procedure.

Will I have lots of extra skin after the procedure?

Because of the rapid and significant nature of the weight loss most people experience, it’s quite common to experience loose skin and/or stretch marks. Many people undergo additional surgeries to tighten up the skin after they have reached their ideal body weight.