You will be required to sign an Informed Consent document, acknowledging that you have been informed of and have understood the risks and complications of the procedure your surgeon has determined to be appropriate for you. By signing the informed consent document, you are also acknowledging that you have received sufficient information about the procedure's benefits and risks to make a decision that is right for you. Before you sign the form, be sure you have a solid understanding of everything involved in this procedure, from pre-operative to post-operative.
Legally, your physician has two duties: to obtain your consent for surgery, and to provide you with enough information to allow the consent to be informed.
Many patients come to their physician with a strong preconception of the surgical procedure they wish to undergo. Frequently, they have already made up their mind that this is what they are going to do.
Informed consent is necessary to present the patient a balanced picture of their options — informed patients better understand the risks, can help anticipate potential complications, and can notify our healthcare team of any problems in a timely manner.
Well in advance of the surgical procedure (so you'll have plenty of time to think about the choice to have this operation), your surgeon, the psychologist, nutritionist and other involved health professionals will all discuss many things with you, including the realistic amount of weight loss to be achieved and most importantly, the affect this procedure will have on you, your life, and your health.
The decision to use surgery to lose weight is not a patient decision. It is a medical decision – taking into account you and your current mental, physical, and emotional health.
The final decision will be made by your surgeon; your honest communication is absolutely critical to that decision.