Sunday, December 08, 2019

4 keys to self-care following bariatric surgery

self care after bariatric surgeryAfter you’ve had weight-loss surgery, there are four key components to making sure your treatment is as successful as possible: nutrition, fitness, medical care, and psychological care. Some patients consider weight-loss surgery under the pretense that having a smaller stomach pouch will automatically result in having a smaller waistline; however, patients need to understand that weight-loss surgery will require them to make major lifestyle changes to ensure lasting health and long-term weight-loss success.

Here’s more about the four key components to self-care following bariatric surgery:

1. Nutrition

The day you undergo weight-loss surgery is the day your nutritional clock will be completely reset. Your bariatric surgeon will place you on a strict post-op diet comprised solely of liquids for the first few days before you can transition over to soft and solid foods. The purpose of the post-op diet is to allow your stomach to adjust to its new smaller size. In the weeks, months, and even years following your weight-loss surgery, you’ll be required to adhere to a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, nuts, seeds, whole grains, legumes, and other items that will drive your weight-loss progress.

2. Fitness

A number of American and international health organizations advise individuals to exercise on a daily basis to stay fit and healthy. Weight-loss surgery patients are advised to introduce exercise into their lives shortly after recovering from surgery for as little as 30 minutes per day. Start out by walking and sticking to a regular fitness schedule, then increase the intensity of your workouts as you begin to feel less challenged. Over the months and years that follow your procedure, you’ll be able to truly enjoy and get more from your workouts.

3. Medical care

When you make the decision to undergo weight-loss surgery, you must also commit to following your surgeon’s self-care instructions to avoid any major health complications. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will work with you to make sure you truly understand the importance of medical care following surgery. There will be rules you’ll be required to follow, including rules as to which foods you can and cannot eat, as well as rules in regards to vitamins and supplements you should be taking on a regular basis. Make sure that you practice all necessary medical care so you can enjoy life after weight-loss surgery without experiencing any setbacks.

4. Psychological care

Many weight-loss clinics often require patients to undergo a full psychological evaluation prior to undergoing surgery to verify that eligible patients have the right mindsets about their procedures. Patients must have realistic expectations and practice good nutrition -- even on bad days. Most weight-loss surgeries are permanent and cannot be reversed, so patients must accept that their decision to undergo surgery means adhering to the rules that come with it for the rest of their lives.

Malley Surgical Weight Loss Center offers the sleeve gastrectomy and LAP-BAND surgeries, which restrict the stomach pouch for effective and lasting weight loss. A nutritionist is also available to help patients with developing a healthy diet and meal plan, and patients can also attend a weight-loss support group to connect with other weight-loss patients. Contact us today for more information about our comprehensive weight-loss surgeries.

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