Weight-loss surgery has changed the lives and health of many people, but it’s not a quick and easy fix. You might already know that your life after surgery requires diet and lifestyle changes to help you improve your health and lose the optimal amount of weight. But, what you do in the months and weeks prior to surgery is also crucial to your success.
Here are some things that will help you have a positive experience with bariatric surgery:
- Stop smoking. Most surgeons recommend no tobacco or nicotine for at least three months prior to your surgery date. This is for your safety and well-being, as smoking and nicotine can increase the risk of surgical complications. If you’re thinking about bariatric surgery, this is an important first step you can take to get your body ready for its healthy transformation.
- Do your homework. Talk with your surgeon and read any materials he or she recommends. Make sure you know the benefits and risks of the surgery, and what you can expect during recovery. If you haven’t already, talk with your health insurance provider to inquire about any coverage for the procedure and make sure you have the appropriate paperwork if needed.
- Gather all your prescription and over-the-counter medications. Your surgeon needs to know every medication you are taking — including natural supplements and over-the-counter meds. You may be asked to stop taking some of them prior to surgery. After your procedure, your physician will work with you to change doses of certain medications if needed.
- Plan for your recovery. Your surgeon will advise you on how much time you should take off work. This varies depending on your surgery, your individual health, and your job. Most people can go back to work within one to two weeks. You may have restrictions on certain activities of lifting for a period of time. If your job requires physical labor, talk with your surgeon about this in advance.
- Follow your pre-op diet. If you’ve already met with your surgeon and set a date for the procedure, you’ll likely be asked to follow a special diet for two or three weeks prior to surgery. This helps ensure your surgery goes as smoothly as possible.
It’s true that many of these tasks take some time and commitment to complete. But, the benefits you’ll receive are worth the effort you’ll put in. Your surgeon will work closely with you to help you get the best possible outcome from your surgery so you can go on to lead a healthier, more active life without excess weight holding you back.
CarePoint Health Bariatric Surgery
CarePoint Health Center for Bariatric Surgery offers a number of different weight-loss surgeries to help you meet your weight-loss goals, including sleeve gastrectomy, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, and adjustable gastric banding. To learn more about our bariatric surgery options, contact us at 201-795-8175 and register for our free seminar.
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