Nobody cheers in joy at the prospect of bariatric surgery, even the least invasive one. Emotionally, a weight loss surgery can feel like an invasion of your privacy. Besides, it can be difficult to accept that you need to give control over your body to another individual. At least that’s how I felt when I had my body contouring plastic surgery. I did not want to put my life into someone else’s hands. But rest assured these worries are natural. And it’s precisely for this reason that bariatric surgeons ensure their patients are prepared both physically and emotionally for weight loss surgery.
However, while it’s reasonably expected to be nervous ahead of surgery, when your fears take over and put your health at risk, it’s essential to listen to the voice of reason. Ultimately that is what I had to do going into my 7-hour plastic surgery; One day I decided to get off the emotional rollercoaster.
When patients talk about weight loss surgery to their doctors, most express the following weight loss surgery fears:
Recovery time is too long
You’d be surprised to know that a large number of patients refuse life-changing surgery because they are worried about the recovery time. In reality, you need to be realistic; you can’t bounce back to your old self in the days following weight loss surgery. However, maintaining a healthy exercise routine before surgery will help speed up the recovery process. Indeed, your fitness level matters to the recovery process. Patients who are fit and active are more likely to regain their strength and mobility in record times.
I’ll feel worse after weight loss surgery
The media has scared away many patients, who are terrified at the idea that something might go wrong during surgery. As a rule of the thumb, most standard weight loss operations like the gastric sleeve run smoothly and safely. Complex operations like the duodenal switch are entrusted to experienced surgeons to reduce the risk of serious complications. However, should you feel abnormal discomfort post surgery, professional legal help found here and in other lawyers’ firms can help you to get the support you need, both medical and financial. You can, nevertheless, take preventive measures such as choosing the right bariatric surgeon and hospital for your surgery.
It’s not a good time
It’s not uncommon for patients to ignore health issues in the hope that they can indefinitely delay a scary surgery. In reality, while you can ask for a second opinion about your health when your doctors suggest weight loss surgery to improve your life, you can’t afford to take a gamble on your health. Indeed, Dr. Susan Bernstein shares her story to help to raise awareness. She chose to tolerate poor health related to a benign growth to avoid surgery. The lesson she learned is precious: Postponing doesn’t mean your body can get better on its own.
I’ll be out of work for a while
Last, but not least, many self-employed and even employed individuals worry that an operation can affect their career and income. Ultimately, you can take an income protection cover that can ensure you can maintain your lifestyle during the time you’re off work. More importantly, you can’t afford to risk your health for the sake of employment, as, in the long term, the consequences of this choice can be devastating. Ultimately, the question you want to ask yourself is whether you’d rather be out of work for a while or out of life for much much longer! I know for certain the gastric bypass surgery saved my life.
Being afraid of having a weight loss surgery is a common fear. However, you shouldn’t let this fear take over your life and put your health at risk. There are choices you can make to protect yourself for the best.
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life