Bariatric surgery is one of the most common procedures for the effective treatment of obesity. But it is important to ask ourselves a series of questions. The first is the most important:
Am I a candidate for obesity surgery? Will I benefit from the surgery?
If you are a patient with 2nd degree Obesity, with a BMI above 35 (very simple to obtain in Google), then you are candidate even if you have no other comorbidity. If you are between 30 and 35 and have, for example, diabetes or hypertension, you are also a candidate. No candidate with a BMI under 30 is a candidate for weight loss surgery.
Remember that it is an invasive procedure regardless of whether only small incisions are made. It is an irreversible surgery and we must take it seriously. Most patients interested in having surgery go to a surgical group, you must research in order to ask the right questions when speaking with the team.
- Who makes up the surgical group? Besides a surgeon, there must be a multidisciplinary team with experience in different areas such as surgery, anesthesia, nutrition, psychological monitoring, post op follow up, etc.
- What are the security protocols? If things do not go the way you expect, then there must be a protocol on what to do next. What happens if you end up with a leak What things are done to prevent complication before and after surgery? What tests are done post op to ensure your surgery was properly done? Who does the follow up at the hospital and when you get back home.
One issue that no one likes to think about is the possibility of a complication with the surgery. It can always happen. It is a topic that you should address with the surgical team. The most important thing is not in if a complication happens, although prevention is always key, but the team needs to know what to do when if they occur. This is why it is important to have multidisciplinary team that knows how to respond to any kind of circumstance. Make sure they are trained and certified on Advanced Bariatric Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support.
Your safety is paramount to MBC, that’s why we are the leading weight loss program in Mexico for over 14 years. Bariatric surgery will take care of your health, we at MBC will take care of your safety.
Remember: weight loss surgery is one of the most important decisions of your life. It is important to always go with the best. Be safe!!