Your trusted guide to surgical weight-loss
Sixty percent of individuals over the age of 20 or 58 million people in the U.S. are overweight. As the obesity epidemic continues to grow, many Americans are researching the benefits and complications of weight-loss surgeries. Weight Loss Surgery For Dummies, 2nd edition is the most up-to-date and authoritative guide to understanding the impact of surgical weight-loss before, during, and after surgery.
Weight-loss surgery is often an overweight person's last resort, and it comes with many risks, questions, and fears. So how do you know if it's right for you? Weight Loss Surgery For Dummies gives you expert guidance on knowing whether you qualify for the procedures, advice on choosing the best center and doctor, and trusted information on evaluating the risks involved. Plus, it helps you plan to finance the procedure, prepare for surgery, and achieve the best results as you adjust to a new diet and lifestyle post-surgery.
Trusted information on choosing a weight loss surgery that's best for you
Advice on what to expect before, during, and after surgery
Sample recipes and information to ensure you're getting proper nutrition post-surgery
If you or a loved one is considering gastric bypass surgery, Weight Loss Surgery For Dummies gives you everything you need to decide if it's the right course of action, what to expect during recovery, and how to ensure the best results through healthy eating behaviors and regular physical activity.
Marina S. Kurian, MD, is a weight loss surgeon at NYU Medical Center. Barbara Thompson is a nationally recognized speaker who brings hope to the dangerously obese. Brian K. Davidson is the coauthor of Weight Loss Surgery Cookbook For Dummies.
Introduction 1 Part I: Is Weight Loss Surgery for You? 7 Chapter 1: The Ins and Outs of Weight Loss Surgery 9 Chapter 2: Voting for Surgery: Are You a Candidate? 19 Chapter 3: Incision Decisions: Your Surgical Options 33 Chapter 4: Understanding the Risks of Surgery 53 Chapter 5: Drafting Your Dream Team: It's More Than a Surgeon 69 Part II: Preparing for Surgery 79 Chapter 6: Paying for Surgery: No Assurance of Insurance 81 Chapter 7: Making the Grade: Testing Prior to Surgery 91 Chapter 8: Preparing Yourself Physically and Mentally: Getting in Tip-Top Pre-Op Shape 103 Part III: The Hospital Experience and Beyond 115 Chapter 9: Checking In and Out: Your Hospital Stay 117 Chapter 10: Knowing What You Can Eat for the First Few Months 133 Chapter 11: Starting on Solid Food 155 Chapter 12: Home Sweet Home: Returning after Surgery 171 Chapter 13: Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, It s Back to Work You Go! 181 Part IV: This Time I'm Going to Make It: Ensuring Success 189 Chapter 14: What Is Success Anyway 191 Chapter 15: Food for Thought: An Eating Plan for the Rest of Your Life 201 Chapter 16: Getting It in Gear: Making Exercise Part of Your Routine 233 Chapter 17: Enlisting Outside Help 249 Part V: Changing Outside and In 257 Chapter 18: Avoiding Potential Pitfalls: Physical Challenges 259 Chapter 19: Dealing with Post-Op Emotional Issues: What's Eating At You? 269 Chapter 20: Me, Myself, and I: Your Relationship with Yourself 281 Chapter 21: Working At Relationships: Family, Friends, and Everyone in Between 293 Chapter 22: Now That I m Thin, What about the Skin? 307 Part VI: The Part of Tens 319 Chapter 23: Ten Weight Loss Surgery Myths 321 Chapter 24: Ten Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery 327 Chapter 25: Ten Ways to Stay on the Straight and Narrow 331 Index 335