Talking to your doctor about obesity surgery can be uncomfortable. Perhaps you are embarrassed about your weight or perhaps you believe your doctor might be judgmental. Unfortunately, your fears may have substance.
Some physicians do maintain stereotypes about people who are obese. In addition, many doctors do not feel they are adequately trained to talk about weight loss.
The primary reason for not having such conversations is that doctors feel they do not have the time to counsel patients about weight loss and lifestyle changes.
Despite this, you must overcome personal fears and give your doctor the benefit of the doubt. Your medical needs should take precedent over concerns about a situation that may not even exist. Most doctors are compassionate and professional.
Hopefully, your physician will be pleased to see you initiating conversation about what you can do to improve your health.
How to Begin Talking to Your Doctor About Obesity Surgery
If it is your intention to begin talking to your doctor about obesity surgery then you probably have been unsuccessful at trying to lose weight through diet and exercise.
It is possible you have already had conversations with your doctor about your weight. You may have exhausted all talk about diet and exercise, and you may now have health conditions directly related to obesity. You feel that the time has come to begin talking to your doctor about obesity surgery.
Talking Directly with Your Doctor About Obesity Surgery
Your health and the medications you are taking will be discussed. The doctor will also want in depth information about your prior attempts to lose weight. Preparing a history might be a good idea.
Issues that might rule out surgery will be explored. If you are a good candidate for obesity surgery, the conversation could turn to bariatric surgeons who are in your area. Finally, if your doctor is satisfied that you qualify for weight loss surgery, he or she can issue a letter of referral.
Prior to meeting with your doctor, prepare a list of questions you want to ask.
Some Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Obesity Surgery
I am sure you have questions that you want to ask, but here are some suggestions that might be useful:
What are acceptable reasons for having bariatric surgery and is it a good choice for me?
Are there ways to lose weight that I have not tried before? Should I explore them before having surgery?
What are the different types of weight loss surgeries and which might be best for me?
How long is the recovery period after obesity surgery?
Will my insurance company pay for my bariatric surgery?
How much weight can I expect to lose?
How long will I need to be hospitalized?
Is there anything I need to do prior to obesity surgery?
What will my diet be like after bariatric surgery?
What do I need to do to keep off the weight I will lose?
These are a few questions that might be useful although there are many more. I hope they are helpful!
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life