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Bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery

and unsuccessful attempts to manage their health with fad diets might lead to lost hope. While weight-loss surgery can change physical features and improve your overall health, patients who underwent this surgery will need emotional support from loved ones, which isn’t always what is found. “Sometimes relatives sabotage patients’ efforts to lifestyle and dietary changes,” says Del Pino. “They can get jealous and offer negative comments.” Additionally, a person may already be suffering emotional problems or underlying conditions like depression or anxiety that may have contributed to overeating and severe obesity. Those conditions need to be addressed and stable before having surgery as they could undermine the fresh start offered by the surgery. A preoperative psychological evaluation is key to select patients for weight-loss surgery. “Having said that, depression or anxiety are not contraindications for surgery,” says Del Pino. “For these patients, postoperative support is key for success and weight loss helps stabilize their condition.” To help ensure the best possible outcome, patients of Del Pino find support with nutritional, physical, and mental health at Rio Grande Regional hospital’s monthly seminars, where patients may converse with others who have undergone bariatric surgery, as well as dieticians, therapists, and bariatric doctors. Now, in the technologically advanced era, these groups are also found in the cyber world via Facebook pages, websites, blogs, and other platforms of social media. These social networking groups connect, inform, and persuade others to “go under the knife.”Del Pino shares information via his Facebook page, “mario del pino md.” Calm those fears Del Pino says there are some misconceptions about bariatric surgery, such as the idea that patients who’ve undergone surgery can lose too much weight at an unhealthy rate. Del Pino explained that in truth, weight loss stops when your body reaches an equilibrium that is finely tuned by your body. “People have lost perception of what a healthy weight is because unfortunately, most of us are unaware of us being overweight or obese,” he says. Other patients fear waking up from anesthesia during their operation (or not waking up after); Del Pino can assure patients that that doesn’t happen. Bariatric surgery is quite safe. “This is an elective procedure and patients undergo a rigorous preoperative preparation to minimize complications and maximize outcome. Modern anesthesia has contributed significantly to the safety and success of weight-loss surgery,” he says. Pregnancy Women considering getting pregnant have specific concerns if they are obese, and may face problems with conception. “Obesity is a known risk factor for infertility,” says Del Pino, explaining that fatty tissues create hormones that affect ovulation. Thus, Del Pino recommends women manage their weight first with the bariatric surgery and then wait a year before going for the pregnancy. “Women are afraid that having weight -loss surgery will negatively affect future pregnancies or prevent them from getting pregnant,” says Del Pino. The message is exactly the opposite. “It is safer for the expecting mother once her weight and health are at stable conditions,” says Del Pino. Thus, he says it is better for women to get weight-loss surgery, lose the weight, and then get pregnant. The baby will be healthier and the pregnancy will be safer with less risks and complications for mom and baby. “The key is to wait one year after the surgery for weight and health to be stable,” he says. Is it for you? Bariatric surgery can give renewed life to those whose health has been negatively affected by their weight, allowing them the chance to regain an active and healthy lifestyle. The process is a journey that involves full engagement and many changes, but with support and pre and post-procedural information readily available, Del Pino believes there is no reason an individual can’t have a successful recovery and results they’re happy with. Del Pino performs robotic gastric bypass, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and adjustable gastric bands. Read our previous July/August 2016 issue’s “options for obesity” for more information on Del Pino and the options for bariatric surgery.