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.
Abstain From Caffeine
It is advised to avoid caffeine for at least a month after the surgery as the stomach might be sensitive to it and may cause discomfort.
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 surgery. This prevents complications arising from the surgery and makes the procedure easier and quicker. Exercising also makes the heart and body stronger, so that the patient can endure the surgery.
Mend eating habits
Changing your eating habits will ensure proper weight loss prior to surgery and will also help you lose excess weight and stick to a healthy lifestyle later.
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 after surgery
Being a little active and walking small distances after 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