ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Bariatric Surgery: Things to Think About

Updated on March 14, 2015

Obesity is an ever-growing problem in the United States as well as around the world. There are a variety of solutions to this problem and one of them is bariatric surgery.

There are many people who have had bariatric surgery. It has proven itself to be a successful means of improving the lives and overall health of a person who happens to be struggling with obesity, its complications and side effects.

Although, some may be quick to want to undergo this type of treatment, there are a variety of issues to consider and think about before making that life-altering decision.

Keep a Clear Mind

First of all, don't let your mind become filled with visions of a skinnier you. Evaluate all of the pros and cons prior to coming to your final decision. It is very easy to get caught up in the moment, but this is a lifelong commitment and it needs to be given proper thought. In other words, don't let your emotions make the decision for you. It may seem like a simple solution, but there may be underlying personal complications or drawbacks.

Possible Requirements of You

Although each physician may have different requirements, there will definitely be some of them that you must be willing to agree with and participate in. Obviously, these requirements will be dependent upon your personal situation.

These possible requirements include:

  • losing some weight prior to the surgery
  • stop smoking
  • eat a healthy diet
  • begin an exercise program

Possible Post-Surgical Requirements

If you do decide to go through with the surgery, there are other possible post-surgical requirements you may be expected to perform. They include the following:

  • taking vitamins
  • eating smaller meals
  • eating healthier meals
  • exercising on a regular basis

Benefits to Bariatric Surgery

It is obvious that weight loss is a benefit to having this type of surgery. However, there are also other positive outcomes to it. Some of them include:

  • a cure for diabetes
  • a cure for sleep apnea
  • a decrease in stress and anxiety
  • no longer suffering from depression
  • an improved self esteem

The Best Candidates

Most people tend to feel that the benefits to having bariatric surgery outweighs the drawbacks, but you should be aware that there are multiple complications and that this is not the right choice for everyone. The best candidate will most likely suffer from at least one other medical condition, have excess weight to lose and will have already attempted at least one other type of weight loss strategy. If you do not fall into this category, your physician will probably tell you that you don't qualify and they will discuss your other options.

Bariatric surgery will most definitely change the course of your entire life, so make certain to think through all of the consequences, both positive as well as negative, in order to make an informed decision.


Have you or someone you know had successful bariatric surgery?

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)