The Benefits of Weight Loss Before Bariatric Surgery



Many of our patients at Surgical Arts of Inland Empire are surprised to hear that they should lose weight before undergoing bariatric surgery. Although it may sound counterintuitive, losing weight prior to your major weight loss surgery increases your chances for optimal results. Resulting in numerous benefits—before surgery is an excellent time to start preparing and making positive changes to your lifestyle.


Why you ask? Read on to learn 3 key reasons:

Your Insurance May Require It

Select insurance plans require that you first try to lose weight through a medically supervised weight loss program. Most commonly, insurance companies want a diet lasting from three to six months. You will need to contact your insurance company to inquire about their policies and regulations.

Improves Surgical Safety & Accessibility

Excess weight is one of the principal risks for surgical complexity and complication. By losing weight prior to your surgery, you increase the chances for a safe and successful surgery. Studies have shown that pre-surgery weight loss can lead to less time on the operating table. Another benefit, losing weight before surgery shrinks the liver and abdominal adipose tissue (loose connective tissues) giving your surgeon increased access and space to work.  

Shorter & Easier Recovery

Losing weight before your operation can greatly decrease your recovery time. A report in the Archives of Surgery found that patients who lost at least ten percent of their body weight had fewer post-surgical complications.

Your Weight Loss Journey at Inland Empire

We understand and appreciate that you are embarking on this journey to lose weight. We are here to help you! At Surgical Arts of Inland Empire, we recognize that weight loss can be frustrating and discouraging. We strive to make this as easy as possible. Our highly trained team will develop a strategy that works best and is suited to your lifestyle. To help you lose weight before your surgery, we offer a variety of services including:

$1·         Support Groups

$1·         Dietary Counseling

Keep in mind, the healthier you are before your surgery, the better your body will respond and heal.

Are you ready to start your weight loss journey? At Inland Surgical Arts of Island Empire, we are a community built to support you. Schedule a consultation and be on your way. 


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