What to Expect after Bariatric Surgery
If you’re undergoing bariatric surgery in the near future, it’s likely that you’re looking ahead to the months after the surgery itself. You are going to need to prepare yourself to make changes to your lifestyle that will last forever. Bariatric surgery gives you the tools to help you achieve weight loss, but the changes you make will help you to stay healthy and keep the weight off.
Immediately after weight loss surgery you will need to stick to a high protein, liquid diet. You’ll also need to learn to commit to eating very small portions, as overeating could cause you to vomit. Overeating frequently could stretch your new stomach space, which could eventually result in a regain of weight rather than a loss. There will be some pain, though it is going to be some discomfort and you will be prescribed pain medication for more difficult days.
From here, you will slowly begin to move onto pureed and soft foods. Generally, you shouldn’t be eating anything harder than the consistency of scrambled eggs at this point. It’s also vital that you begin walking around your home every day. Start with five minutes on your feet and build up over time to around 30 minutes every day.
Around a month after surgery, many people begin to add regular food to their diets to see what their stomachs are able to withstand. Some patients begin to this around month one, though it’s normal for this to happen between month one and three. Patients should not think about the weight lost at this point, as they could be setting themselves up to be disappointed. Many people find portion sizes difficult to control, so try using a smaller plate rather than a larger one. Remember that eating can still be enjoyable as long as you are choosing the right options for you.
Around six months post-surgery, it’s likely that you will have shed a lot of your pre-surgery weight. Many people find that around this mark they have lost up to 40% of their excess body weight. You will also have found that your health has improved a great deal when compared prior to surgery, resulting in you feeling and looking much healthier.
During recovery from bariatric surgery, there are some challenges you may face. Some patients have suffered with digestion issues post bariatric surgery, as well as feelings of depression and sagging skin from the dramatic amount of weight lost. It’s important to remember that there is help available should you need it.
If you’d like to find out more information regarding bariatric surgery, we’re the people to ask. Whatever questions you may have, you can get in touch with a member of the team by visiting our contact page or by giving us a call on 0808 1280 022.