GEORGE MUTAFYAN, MD
Surgery consultation is the first step in determining if weight-loss surgery is a good option, and Dr. Mutafyan has considerable experience in helping men and women from Glendale, CA, and throughout the Los Angeles area weigh the risks and benefits so they can make an informed and educated decision.
What is a surgery consultation?
Weight-loss surgery is a serious medical decision that requires plenty of time to review all your options so you can make the most informed decision possible. Surgical consultation, or preoperative consultation, is an office visit that provides you and your doctor with plenty of opportunity to discuss lots of issues, including:
- Your weight loss goals and needs
- Your lifestyle habits including eating habits and food preferences
- The pros and cons of weight-loss options including different surgical approaches
- The risks and benefits of different approaches to weight loss
It's also a good time to voice your concerns about surgery or aftercare and to learn about the lifestyle and eating habits you'll need to make following weight-loss surgery so you have a realistic understanding of the process and the implications for your life moving forward. Your surgical consultation will also play a major role in ensuring your expectations are aligned with potential results of the weight loss option you select.
How can I tell if I'm a good candidate for weight-loss surgery?
Generally speaking, weight-loss surgery can be a good choice for men and women who are in good overall health and who have a body mass index (BMI) of over 40 or a BMI between 35 and 40 with a coexisting obesity-related disease or condition. During your consultation, you and the doctor will be able to decide if surgery is a good choice for your needs.
What lifestyle changes are involved in weight-loss surgery?
Weight-loss surgery involves a lifelong commitment to new eating habits in order to achieve success and avoid potential complications like chronic heartburn, ulcers, nutritional deficiencies and bowel blockages that can occur when eating and nutritional guidelines are not followed. During your consultation, you'll learn about the changes you'll need to make so you can decide if you're ready to make that commitment.