10 Things Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About Weight Loss Surgery

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If you’re considering weight-loss surgery, there’s a good chance you’re getting plenty of pre- and post-op guidance from a doctor you trust. But that’s not always the case, and for many people who have this type of procedure, life after surgery can be full of surprises — the good, the bad, and even the downright embarrassing. If you’re thinking about undergoing bariatric surgery, here are a few things you should know that the doctor may forget to mention.

1. You may get very depressed post-surgery.

There’s a proven link between obesity and depression, and while the majority of patients who undergo bariatric surgery do experience an overall improvement in their well-being after surgery, feelings of depression can worsen for some. Researchers from Yale University published a study in the Obesity Journal in which 13 percent of patients studied reported an increase in Beck Depression Inventory – a numerical rating that measures eating disorder behavior, self-esteem, and social functioning – six to 12 months after gastric bypass surgery, a time frame that the authors conclude is an important period to assess for depression and associated symptoms.

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