Preparation is an important part of any surgery, and weight loss surgery is no exception. Not only will being properly prepared make it easier for you to rest and recover properly following your surgery, but it can also reduce your risk of experiencing complications during the procedure itself. This can improve your outcome and the overall success of your treatment, making it possible to both lose weight and sustain your weight loss.
Here are our top tips for preparing for weight loss surgery.
Your Long Island bariatric surgeon may ask that you lose a little weight using diet and exercise before undergoing surgery. Research suggests that this may result in a lower risk of complications, shorter hospital stays, and even more rapid post-surgical weight loss. One of the best ways to do this is by practicing new healthy eating habits and preparing your body for your new diet.
After your weight loss surgery, your stomach will be significantly smaller than before. This is so that you can consume less food (therefore fewer calories), making it easier for you to lose weight. However, the amount of food you will be able to eat in comparison to before can come as a bit of a shock. It helps to ensure that you prepare your new diet and start to decrease your food intake before you go in for your weight loss surgery.
Choose foods that are dense in nutrients as these will help you to feel fuller and will ensure that you have the vitamins and minerals needed for you to heal quickly and with minimal risk of complications. Stock up on protein and be sure to include some with every meal as this will help slow down your digestion rate and preserve muscle during periods of rapid weight loss. You should also be aware of your portion sizes. Eating too much could cause you to become uncomfortable and even sick.
Finally, you should practice some new eating habits that will help with your weight loss. These include slowing down the rate at which you eat, such as by chewing 15 times before swallowing or putting your fork down between bites.
Smoking is bad news for our health and wellbeing, particularly if we need to undergo a surgical procedure. This is because smoking is proven to increase our risk of complications during surgery and to slow down the rate at which our body can heal and recover. If you smoke, you should ideally quit as far in advance of your surgery as possible. You should also try and do some form of exercise every day; whether it is swimming, walking, or other forms of exercise. This will ensure that your body systems are functioning optimally, making it easier for you to recover after your surgery.
Rest is absolutely critical in the first few days following your surgery, and you can only really get enough rest if you have someone who can help and support you in the initial days of your recovery. Arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and to stay with you for at least 24 hours while the anesthetic wears off. You’ll probably need to have someone assist you with cooking, cleaning, and other home activities for up to 2 weeks following your surgery, especially if you have children that need to be taken care of.
You may think that you have had all of your questions answered at your consultation, but it is never too late to ask questions. If you have any questions about any stage of your surgery, it is important that you ask your surgical team at Clarity Surgical so that you are fully aware of what to expect. It’s never too late to get clarification or reassurance.
If you would like more advice on the best way to prepare for weight loss surgery or would like to schedule a consultation, contact Clarity Surgical in Long Island at 519-259-2525 today.