Keep in mind that weight loss surgery is major surgery. Most patients enjoy an improvement in obesity-related issues such as mobility and self-esteem after weight loss surgery, but this should not be your only motivation. The goal is to live better, healthier and longer. You should make the decision to have weight loss surgery only after careful consideration and consultation with an experienced bariatric surgeon or a knowledgeable family physician.
Your surgeon should answer your questions clearly and explain the exact details of the procedure, the length of the recovery period and the reality of the follow-up care that will be required. As part of routine evaluation for weight loss surgery, your doctor may require that you consult with a dietitian/nutritionist and a psychiatrist/therapist. This is to help establish a clear understanding of the changes in behavior that are essential for long-term success after surgery.
It is important to remember that there are no guarantees in any kind of medicine or surgery. Weight loss surgery will succeed only when you make a lifelong commitment. Surgery is only a tool. Your ultimate success depends on strict adherence to the recommended dietary, exercise and lifestyle changes.