Common motivations for gastric sleeve surgery.
Many people think of gastric sleeve surgery as a cosmetic procedure — one that patients choose because they don’t like the way they look, or because they want to wear a bikini on the beach next summer. While it’s true that many of our patients are unhappy with the reflection they see in the mirror, their motivations for pursuing weight loss surgery are rarely vain. Here are some of the most common motivations for sleeve surgery.
Life has gotten hard.
Are there things you got away with when you were slimmer, that you can’t get away with anymore? When your energy levels have drastically reduced and it becomes hard to cross your legs, tie your shoes, and climb the stairs, it’s time for a big change.
They want to improve their health.
Another common motivation is health. Patients begin to experience medical conditions that are related to their weight, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, infertility, and more. Gastric sleeve surgery will often completely cure or significantly improve these conditions. Almost immediately following surgery blood pressure and cholesterol levels are normalized, sleep apnea is corrected, diabetes is improved, and fertility is restored. For most patients, the fact that they no longer have to take medication for these conditions would make the surgery worthwhile, even if they didn’t lose a pound!
They want to play with their kids.
For many patients, the reason for choosing weight loss surgery is seemingly simple: so they can play with their kids on the floor and easily get back up. Or maybe it’s so they can go hiking with their family, or go on vacations without having to wear the seatbelt extender on the plane. Improved wellness means taking part in these activities that once seemed impossible!
So, in my experience, gastric sleeve surgery is certainly about more than looking good at the beach. It’s a life changing procedure with more benefits than you could imagine. If you’re ready to learn more, reach out today!