Steps to Take After the Surgery
August 26th, 2011 by Aldouspi

Steps to Take After the Surgery

Weight loss surgery not only changes your weight, but also your lifestyle. There are certain steps that you should be prepared to take after your weight loss surgery. This will allow for the surgery to be effective for a long period of time. Before you get the surgery, you should prepare yourself for the steps you will need to take after you get the weight loss surgery.

The major change that will need to be taken after a surgery is the diet that you have. Most physicians and surgeons will recommend a diet for you to stick to. This will help you to balance out the right foods and how much you should be eating. The first step you will see in relation to this after your surgery is that you will be drinking fluids for a few days after the surgery. Once your body has begun to adjust, you will be able to eat solid foods.

When you are back to eating foods, make sure you monitor what you are eating. You will need to take out certain foods that you are used to eating. High sugar foods and desserts are important to keep out of your diet after the surgery. This also includes things such as soda, which will affect the way your stomach reacts. Avoiding high fat foods, fast foods and foods with a lot of fiber will also be harder for your stomach to digest, meaning that they should be avoided. The way that you eat is also important. Most surgeons will recommend that you will have to slow the pace of your eating, meaning that everything gets chewed thoroughly. Because your stomach has changed how it will digest, it causes problems with digestion if the food isn't properly chewed. You should also be prepared to not drink fluids while you are eating, as it will cause you to be full before you have finished your meal and will shut out getting the proper nutrients.

Another area that you will have to prepare for is with your work environment. Most patients will take up to six weeks off in order to feel at their best performance. This will be determined by the type of procedure that you have had as well as your personal needs. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time away from the regular work and energy load in order to fully recover.

It can also be expected that you will have to periodically go back for check-ups from the surgeon. Often times, there are complications from the surgery that do not allow your body to get the proper amount of nutrients. Because of this, you should expect to get regular check-ups every three to six months for two years after the surgery. Having a low red blood cell count, not having enough calcium, vitamin B12, folate and iron are some of the problems that often occur.

For those considering weight loss surgery, they should also consider the steps that will need to be taken after the surgery. Preparing for this will help to change the habits and lifestyle before deciding on the surgery. This not only includes nutritional needs, but also knowing what the work and responsibilities will be after the surgery. This will help your body to adjust easier after the surgery.

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