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Weight Loss Before Surgery

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Why Lose Weight Before Surgery?

If you are overweight and need to undergo surgery, losing that extra weight – whether it's 10 pounds or 100 – may be a priority you can’t afford to ignore. The reality is that losing even a moderate portion of your excess body weight can lower your risk of complications both during and after your procedure and speed up your recovery.

Easier said than done? Not with the help of Wellness Weight Loss Center in Columbia, Maryland. Our weight loss counselors can work with you to help shed those unhealthy pounds so that you will be in the best possible shape before having your surgery.

There are several reasons why you would need to lose weight before surgery. For one thing, it helps improve wound healing. Following surgery, your wound needs a healthy supply of blood and oxygen to heal. Fat attributed to excess body weight makes it more difficult for blood and oxygen to reach your wound and increases the time it takes for it to heal.

Excess fatty tissue also means more time on the operating table, which increases the risk of infection. If the wound becomes infected, you may need to take antibiotics, have follow-up surgery, or spend more time – and money – in the hospital.

Another disadvantage of excess weight is that it makes it harder for your doctors to administer anesthesia and in the right dosage. It may take more time to find veins to provide the appropriate sedative and/or other medications. It can also hamper the insertion of a breathing tube during surgery.

Excess weight also increases the risk of cardiovascular problems during surgery. That’s because your heart needs to work harder to provide the blood and oxygen you need. This additional stress during surgery, coupled with the use anesthesia, boosts your risk of heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure. You’re also vulnerable to developing DVT (deep vein thrombosis), which can lead to a pulmonary embolism – a blood clot in your lungs.

Reduce Risks of Surgery Complications With Our Personalized Weight Loss Programs

If you require surgery, Wellness Weight Loss Center can get you into shape before your procedure. First, we will review your medical history and perform a complete medical screening to assess your overall health.

Next, we will recommend a weight loss program designed specifically for your surgical procedure, including orthopedic and cosmetic surgery. In addition, we have new, specialized weight loss programs for diabetes, new moms, and women who want to improve their pre-pregnancy bodies.

Wellness Weight Loss Center offers multiple weight loss solutions ranging from the HCG diet to nutrition counseling and weight loss products to B12 and lipotropic injections and body contouring. Plus, our dedicated physician and team of counselors provide the ongoing, one-on-one support you need to achieve your weight loss goal.

Weight Loss Clinic in Columbia, MD

The specialists at Wellness Weight Loss Center can help you take the first steps toward slimming down and reducing your risks of surgery complications. For more information, call us today at (410) 312-9355 to arrange your free consultation. Or use our online request form to arrange an appointment.


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