As a patient considering Bariatric Care it is imperative to realize, understand and commit to the following statements.
Obesity is (and will always be) a chronic medical disease for which an effective surgical cure has been found. Although Bariatric/Metabolic surgery may be the most momentous part of the patient’s treatment, it is by no means the most important.
When patients commit themselves to undertake Bariatric/Metabolic surgery, they are also pledging their cooperation to be monitored by the expert Bariatric/Metabolic team for life long follow up to ensure their continued good health.
It is essential that every patient becomes familiar with the broader team that will take care of their pre- and post-operative care, and not mistakenly believe that the surgeon or nutritionists alone can take care of their management.
Bariatric/Metabolic surgery is not an acceptable treatment modality when:
1. The presence of mental or cognitive impairment which precludes the patient from giving informed consent to the surgery.
2. Severe coexisting medical conditions which may compromise the risk profile of the surgery e.g. unstable coronary artery disease or advanced liver disease with portal hypertension