Here you’ll find a description of some of the most common (WLS) Weight Loss Surgery types available
Use links to see greater detail on each surgical option
What should I be doing to prepare for surgery?
Bariatric surgery is like any other surgery. You can best prepare by knowing the benefits and risks of surgery, and by closely following your doctor’s instructions.
- Understand the surgical process and what to expect afterwards.
- Keep in mind that you’ll never be able to eat the way you did before, and that you’ll have to watch what and how you eat for the rest of your life.
- Talk to people who have had bariatric surgery. Our discussion forum here is a good place for that or attend group support meetings
- Write down your reasons for having bariatric surgery, what got you here and outline your plans to maintain your weight loss after surgery.
- Practice the post-op diet, including the transition from an all-liquid diet, to pureed food, to a normal diet of smaller portions with 4 ounces of protein.
- Start a journal. Record how you feel now, the challenges you face, and the things you hope to be able to do after bariatric surgery.
- Ask your family and friends for their support. Talk to them about why you want to have bariatric surgery. It helps to have people behind you, waiting to help.
- Don’t be discouraged waiting for the surgery. Your time WILL come.