The biggest benefits of bariatric surgery include weight loss and improved health.
Risks of bariatric surgery vary by procedure.
Some risks include:
Your bariatric surgeon will review all potential risks and complications with you prior to surgery.
It depends on the procedure:
Long-term weight stability depends on diet and exercise.
Review your insurance policy to see if:
Attend a free bariatric surgery information session to learn more about insurance coverage. Or, see Financial and Insurance Considerations for more information.
Obesity can make it difficult for some women to become pregnant, so bariatric surgery can actually help with fertility.
If you want to become pregnant, you should wait until your weight stabilizes — about 18 to 24 months following surgery — because rapid weight loss and nutrition deficiencies can harm a developing fetus.
Intolerance to certain foods varies from person to person.
The most common problem-foods include:
If you're concerned about excess skin on your stomach or other areas, plastic surgery is an option.
After you're at a stable weight — about 12 to 18 months following surgery — you should meet with a plastic surgeon to discuss your options and insurance coverage.
UPMC's Life After Weight Loss program has surgical and nonsurgical options for people following significant weight loss.
Absolutely. Bariatric surgery isn't a magic bullet. You can regain the weight you lost, as well as all of the other problems associated with it.
To be successful, you must adopt a lifelong commitment to maintaining a healthy weight through good nutrition and exercise.
UPMC's Bariatric Surgery Program offers post-surgery support and resources to help you adjust to life after weight loss.
A variety of bariatric surgery procedures are available to help patients achieve significant, long-term weight loss. These procedures work by limiting the amount of food a patient can ingest. These procedures either:
Only your doctor can help you determine if you’re a good candidate for weight loss surgery and/or what procedure is best for you.
Bypass procedures, including gastric bypass surgery, tend to be the most effective at combating diabetes.
Your weight loss surgery is just one part of a long journey toward a healthier lifestyle. Post-bariatric surgery, you will need to follow a strict diet and exercise plan to achieve a healthier lifestyle.