It’s been a long and challenging journey to get to this point. After the failed diets, the research, the consultations, you’re finally ready to face bariatric surgery. Having invested so much time, so much of yourself, in this endeavor, you no doubt want it to succeed more than anything. A key to that success actually comes after the procedure itself. How can you help to ensure the long-term benefits of bariatric surgery? What pitfalls should you avoid in that all-important post-operative period? What lifestyle changes should you be prepared to embrace?
Alcohol is another drink to treat cautiously. Besides being full of empty calories with no nutritional value, alcohol also contributes to stomach ulcers, which you are already at risk for due to your surgery.
Snacking is an insidious habit that can wreak havoc on the long-term success of your surgery. Instead, trade junk foods for high-quality meals. Conversely, don’t eat if you’re not hungry. You may find that an honest self-examination will show that the action of eating may in fact be a response to a different type of trigger, such as boredom.
There’s simply no replacement for good old-fashioned activity. Now, however, you have an additional reason. Not only will it facilitate your weight loss, and more dramatically than you may have thought, but it will also help to prevent some very serious potential complications following surgery. Walking regularly can decrease the occurrence of problems such as pulmonary embolus, pneumonia, constipation, and blood clots.
How Do You Cope?
The percentage of patients who get bariatric surgery that had previously eaten as a coping mechanism is probably quite high. If you are one of those people, now is the time to evaluate other, healthier ways to process negative emotions. Walking, reading a good book, visiting with friends, really the list is endless of positive activities that could take the place of emotional eating while contributing to the success of your surgery.
It may seem minor, and not a little silly, but giving up drinking with a straw may be a little thing that goes a long way. Drinking with a straw allows you to drink too much too quickly, thereby contributing to an overly full stomach. They also allow excess air into your stomach, resulting in potentially major discomfort.
Surgery Is Not A Miracle Cure For Everything
The success of bariatric surgery may very well be astronomical in terms of weight loss and related health effects. However, having a bariatric surgery will not make your kids more likely to do the dishes or make your bills disappear. So, take the time to evaluate just what your expectations are for this surgery, and make sure that they’re realistic.
Having any kind of surgery can be a life-changing event, and none more so than undergoing weight loss surgery . Rather than the process ending when you leave the operating room, it’s really just beginning. By making the necessary investment through making adjustments in lifestyle, activity, and habits, you help to ensure that your bariatric surgery is a long-term success!
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