A Patient’s Guide to Understanding Informed Consent

One of the most important things you can do to ensure you realise your weight loss goals is to understand the various weight loss surgical options available. An obesity surgeon and your family physician will be able to answer your questions about the numerous types of weight loss surgery and which procedure is best for you.

Any time you ask a question, make sure you completely understand the doctor’s explanation. If you do not understand something, ask your doctor to explain it using simpler terms or in more detail. The most important thing is to ensure you completely understand the risks and complications surrounding weight loss surgery.

The decision to undergo weight loss surgery is entirely your choice. Therefore, it may take numerous visits and consultations with more than one doctor before you decide to have the weight loss surgery procedure.

Ask the surgeon if there are any patients who are willing to talk with you about their surgery, experience and recovery. This one on one conversation will not only help answer your questions, but it will also help you get a better sense of what to expect before and after your surgery.


The weight loss surgery results are drastic; however, the surgery comes with its own set of potential complications and risks. Therefore, it is essential that you understand the potential risks before undergoing surgery. Your physician will explain all the risks surrounding the surgery as well as the having you to sign an informed consent form. This form is a legal document that states the patient agrees to undergo the surgery and has been informed of any and all risks surrounding the surgery.

Your weight loss surgeon will require the informed consent form to be signed before the surgery takes place. However, before signing any document, it is imperative that you understand the risks involved, what symptoms should be reported to the doctor post-surgery and your own personal expected recovery time.