Any kind of weight loss surgery is often a major operation, and is one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. You must always pay attention to any instructions that have been given to you a member of your Bariatric team, but these five tips can also help to aid your recovery.
1. Sleep is Important
You’re going to be exhausted after surgery, and no matter how much you want to get back to normal, it won’t be possible without sleep. Not only does sleep allows both your body and mind to rest, but it can also boost your immune system and brighten your mood.
2. Walking Around
Post-surgery, start walking around as much as you can. It’s important you don’t overdo it, but walking around your house a few times a day to begin with is ideal. As time goes on, you’ll find your strength increasing, and you can start to make your walks longer.
3. Post Op Diet
It’s likely that a member of your Bariatric team would have supplied you with a post op diet perfectly suited to you. It’s very important that this is followed accurately, allowing your new stomach to settle, as well as to helping to keep you healthy during recovery. Your new diet will also tell you drink lots of water to keep your body hydrated as it’s healing.
Immediately after surgery, food intake will be at a low, meaning all you can eat is liquidised, pureed or soft foods. This means that it can be a struggle to get all the nutrients you need, so getting into the routine of adding multivitamins to your diet can really benefit your help.
5. Listen to your Body
It’s vital that you listen to what your body may be trying to tell you. Your surgery may stop you from eating at typical meal times, so make sure you eat little and often to ensure you are giving your body the nutrients it needs. You will also be unable to eat as much as before, so stop eating when you’re full up.
It’s key that anything told to you by medical professionals is followed accurately, but the tips above may also be helpful to you for a quick and pain free recovery. If you want to find out more about recovering after weight loss surgery, get in touch with a member of the team over on our Contact page.
Disclaimer: Please note that weight loss surgery results and benefits are unique to each individual and in such The Bariatric Group cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals as results for each surgery can vary. If you have any questions or would like to know more about weight loss surgery please contact our expert team.