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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.
Table of Contents
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