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Studies suggest that the following measures that can be taken to reduce the overall risks and complications associated with bariatric surgery.1,2,3
Do Not Smoke
- Smoking can cause disruption in lungs and reduce your breathing capacity.
- It also decreases the body’s ability to heal itself.
Abstain From Caffeine
- It is advised to avoid caffeine for at least a month after bariatric surgery as the stomach might be sensitive to it and may cause discomfort.
- Caffeine is a natural diuretic and makes an individual urinate more, thus losing valuable hydrating fluids initially after surgery.
- Working out regularly in the weeks leading up to gastric sleeve or gastric bypass surgery can help you achieve a pre-op weight level conducive for gastric sleeve, bypass or any other weight loss surgery.
- This prevents complications arising from weight loss surgery and makes the procedure easier and quicker.
- Exercising also makes the heart and body stronger, so that the patient can endure bariatric surgery.
Mend Eating Habits
- Diets do not help achieve and maintain weight loss long term.
- It is important to focus on the eating related issues that you struggle with and begin making small lifestyle changes that will help you achieve weight loss and maintain that loss.
In addition to a good diet you also need to sweat it out to see the pounds coming off!
Attend Support Groups
Psychological preparation is very helpful in readying yourself for the permanent changes that need to be made in order to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. Learn from the experience of others who have undergone the procedure already.
Move Around Immediately After Bariatric Surgery
Being a little active and walking small distances after weight loss surgery reduce the risk of blood clots and also improves lung functions.
- Preoperative supervised weight loss requirements by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS); https://asmbs.org/resources/preoperative-supervised-weight-loss-requirements
- Risks and Complications of Bariatric Surgery; https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/highland/departments-centers/bariatrics/understanding/risks.aspx
- Life after Bariatric Surgery by ASMBS; https://asmbs.org/patients/life-after-bariatric-surgery
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