Bariatric surgery can be life-changing. It can help you effectively lose weight and gain self-confidence, leading a more active, social lifestyle. However, you’ll have to be prepared ahead of your surgery date in order for it to be effective and the results to last long-term. Dr. Balsama will give you detailed instructions to follow leading up to your surgery, but the following tips can help you make your mind and body ready for the lifestyle change that comes with successful bariatric surgery.
Get in the Right Mindset
Bariatric surgery doesn’t produce dramatic results without a little hard work. This means it requires major lifestyle changes to be effective. Meeting with your bariatric surgeon is an important step prior to surgery. Your bariatric surgeon will ensure that you are mentally prepared to do what it takes for a successful surgery and address any emotional barriers that stand in your way.
You’ll also discuss your weight loss struggles and any issues that may be contributing to weight gain. This includes emotional eating and behaviors that lead to weight gain. Once problems are identified, your bariatric surgeon will create a plan of action to prevent weight gain and ensure your weight loss is successful after surgery.
Start Your Pre-Operative Diet
Changes to your diet need to begin well before your surgery. You may be asked to meet with a dietician to discuss healthy eating options for you before and after surgery. You’ll also be placed on a pre-op diet. A pre-operative diet kick starts weight loss and can help shrink the liver to allow for safer surgery. It’s critical that you follow all prescribed diets before and after your procedure for both safety and success.
Start an Exercise Program
Exercise is an important part of successful bariatric surgery. In order for your body and joints to heal from excessive weight gain, you’ll need to exercise regularly. Exercise will also help you maintain weight loss post-surgery. Getting started on this before your surgery date can help you drill in the habits so that it’s much easier to transition over to your new lifestyle after surgery.
If you haven’t already stopped smoking, now is the time. Smoking any tobacco products, and even vaping, is shown to increase the risk of surgical complications such as blood clots, problems with anesthesia, and infections after surgery. Dr. Balsama will give you the best idea of when to quit smoking prior to surgery. However, the earlier, the better. If you are considering bariatric surgery, you should immediately stop smoking for a safe surgery.
If you have questions or concerns about bariatric surgery, be sure to ask. The only silly question is the one that goes unanswered. Getting those answers will help you be more informed and relieve your concerns so that you can focus on your surgery and recovery.
Schedule a Consultation
The best way to get started on your bariatric surgery journey is by meeting with Dr. Balsama. To schedule your consultation, we invite you to contact our Sewell office by calling or filling out our online form.