Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for Me? - dummies

By Marina S. Kurian, MD, Barbara Thompson, Brian K. Davidson, Al Roker

Part of Weight Loss Surgery For Dummies Cheat Sheet

So, you want to explore the option of weight loss surgery. You’ve tried diets in the past and regained all the weight you lost. This type of yo-yo dieting is common — you’re not alone. Here are some ways to get more information about the different types of procedures that are out there:

  • Tell your primary-care doctor or gynecologist that you’re thinking about weight loss surgery. Your doctor may have other patients who’ve undergone weight loss procedures and be able to share with you the results. Your doctor also may be able to refer you to a respected weight loss surgeon in your community.

  • Read as much as possible about the different procedures. Exercise caution when it comes to what you read online — some sites are more accurate than others. You may want to start with the website of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (, where you can get info about risks and benefits of weight loss surgery.

  • Attend an information session at a local hospital or at a weight loss surgeon’s practice. Here you can hear firsthand how the surgeries are done and get your questions answered.

  • If you know someone who has had weight loss surgery and if he or she is open to talking about it, ask about the experience. Find out what kind of procedure the person had and what the pros and cons have been.