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What Can I Expect

The Life Weight Loss

Long-term weight loss is a journey with different stages depending on your own situation. Understanding your situation is important to ensure sustained weight loss success, with every person facing a different set of challenges based on their health, lifestyle and medical history.

Remember – anyone can lead a healthy life!

 

Step One: Research

Learning as much as you can about your own health and the many Life Weight Loss programs available is paramount. Speaking with your doctor, finding out about the many surgeries for weight loss, the associated risks and benefits, costs and experiences of others is a great place to start. Our library of resources and team of experts are always available to answer any questions.

Click here to go to our research and education resources, or register for our seminars.

Online Educational Resources

  • Benefits of gastric bypass
  • Diet and the Gastric Band
  • Diet changes before and after gastric banding
  • Gastric Banding
  • Gastric Sleeve - Gastric Banding and Gastric Bypass Procedures
  • Gastric sleeve surgery
  • Risk and side effects of gastric sleeve
  • The risks and side effects of gastric banding

Once you have a strong understanding of the various options and benefits at Life Weight Loss, it is time to book in a consultation with one of our doctors.

 

Step Two: Consultation

This consultation will allow us to make a professional assessment of your situation and weight loss goals, determining the best type of program for you.

The types of questions and assessments that we will work through with you are:

  • BMI confirmation
  • Medical History
  • Current diet and lifestyle habits, including exercise
  • What surgical procedure would be right for you

This is also a time to more deeply discuss any questions that you still have regarding the different procedures, how they work and how best to ensure sustained success.

Building a good relationship with your doctor at this stage ensures that we can support you throughout your journey.

 

Step Three: Setting the program

Following your consultation, your doctor can determine your eligibility for a life weight loss program and weight-loss surgery. If you are a suitable candidate, it will be time to begin the program and prepare yourself for the surgical procedure. This will involve testing, education and consultations with your psychologist and dietician so that we can create a path to success that will ensure sustained weight loss. From this stage, there may be some requirements regarding your nutrition and lifestyle to make sure you will be ready for the surgery. At this point, your surgeon will also make a request for surgery on your behalf.

At this time, we will be looking to: [confirm with client]

  • Set a date for your surgery
  • Explain the procedure
  • Ensure you have adequate support post-op
  • Discuss your health insurance options
  • Set and explain your diet and exercise program
  • Answer any questions you may have
  • Conduct blood tests

 

Step Four: Preparation

In the lead up to your surgery, you will want to prepare mentally, physically and emotionally for your procedure. It is important to understand the life-changing nature of the surgery and to begin to practice new eating habits, exercise regularly and utilise the support of your Care Team. It is a good idea to keep a diary, join a peer support group and spend plenty of time with friends and family. By engaging those close to you to join in on the preparation, you can all benefit from a healthier lifestyle!

To ensure you are ready for this life changing operation:

  • Track your diet and exercise progress
  • Speak regularly with your Care Team and at home support
  • Keep a daily or weekly diary
  • Take adequate leave from work or other commitments

 

Step Five: Staying the Course

Following your surgery, you will need adequate time to recover so we advise not making any commitments for around 14 days. Following your recovery, you will want to stay motivated and continue to keep the good habits created during the preparation step. Maintaining a healthy diet with regular exercise are very important for your continued success. Surround yourself with friends and family, practice your healthy habits and enjoy the freedoms of the new you!

 

Trying to fall Pregnant?

We strongly recommend to our patients that they do not attempt to fall pregnant in the 12 months following any of the surgical gastric procedure.  Women are generally more fertile after losing weight and this increases the chances of pregancy, therefore we recommend you review your contraception options with your GP in the 12 months after surgery.

 

Worried about Loose Skin after Surgery?

Loose skin is a common concern of most patients prior to undertaken gastric surgery, however we fine that skin trimming procedures are required by less than 25% of patients.  Before undertaking a skin trimming procedure a period of 6 months monitoring is required to make sure that your weight has stabilised.  This monitoring period typically will start approximately 18 months after bariatric surgery.