About Surgical Weight-Loss Options
Continuum of Care
Human Digestive System
To better understand how weight loss
surgery works, it is important to
understand how your gastrointestinal tract functions.
At Genesis, our Center for Weight Management program is distinguished by the continuum of care we provide to patients before and after surgery through a multi-disciplinary clinic. The program includes:
Patients remain in the bariatric surgery program to receive additional consultations for at least one year post-surgery.
How Effective Is Bariatric Surgery?
The actual weight a patient will lose after the procedure is dependent on several factors. These include:
Weight before surgery
Overall condition of patient's health
Ability to exercise
Commitment to maintaining dietary guidelines and other follow-up care
Motivation of patient and cooperation of their family, friends and associates
In general, weight loss surgery success is defined as achieving loss of 50% or more of excess body weight and maintaining that level for at least five years. Clinical data will vary for each of the different procedures and results may also vary by surgeon.
Clinical studies show that, following surgery, most patients lose weight rapidly and continue to do so until 18 to 24 months after the procedure. Patients may lose 30 to 50% of their excess weight in the first six months and 77% of excess weight as early as 12 months after surgery. Another study showed that patients can maintain a 50-60% loss of excess weight 10-14 years after surgery. Patients with higher initial BMIs tend to lose more total weight.
Patients with lower initial BMIs will lose a greater percentage of their excess weight and will more likely come closer to their ideal body weight. Patients with Type 2 Diabetes tend to show less overall excess weight loss than patients without Type 2 Diabetes. The surgery has been found to be effective in improving and controlling many obesity-related health conditions.
Preparing Yourself for Surgery
Whether your procedure is done using minimally invasive techniques or through open surgery, prepare yourself as you would for other major surgeries. The best preparation is to understand the risks and potential benefits and to closely follow your doctor's instructions.
To mentally prepare yourself:
- Understand the surgical process and what to expect afterwards.
- Talk to people who have had weight loss surgery.
- Start a journal about your experience. Record how you feel now, the obstacles you encounter, the things you hope to be able to do after surgery.
- Get a letter of support from your family. It helps to know you have people behind you, waiting to help.
To physically prepare yourself, strictly follow your doctor's guidelines. These usually include, but are not limited to:
- Stop smoking for at least eight weeks before surgery.
- Be certain to follow your surgeon's instructions regarding any medications you may be taking to control other health conditions.
- Follow the pre-surgery exercise plan provided by the Genesis Center for Weight Management.