Life After Weight Loss Surgery

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Old 27-May-2009
Life After Weight Loss Surgery

After spending thousands of dollars, all just you want to see is yourself, back in shape. Not spontaneously, this long cherished dream would come true though gradually. Weight loss surgery is not an immediate answer to your obese body; however itís a continuing process to loose weight by bringing changes to your lifestyle. Life is not so easy and it is also true that where there is a will, there is a way.

So, you can definitely get that shaped body by keeping hope alive and doing your best. Post weight loss surgery, the difference made in your body would definitely make it simpler to change your eating habits and lifestyle. You can always take the help of professionals to help you during the recovery process. You will find constructive changes in your body, weight and health, although you need to have patience while taking precautions throughout the period.

Diet after Weight Loss Surgery

After the surgery, you need to change your eating habits permanently as alterations made to your gastrointestinal tract cannot tolerate the earlier eating habits and it is also necessary for successful weight loss. The dietary guidelines post surgery may vary from surgeon to surgeon. It is possible to hear some different guidelines from other person, but keep in mind that such guidelines could be different depending on the type of procedure and surgeon. Always follow your surgeonís guidelines and eat accordingly. Here are given some commonly acknowledged dietary guidelines for a healthy diet after weight loss surgery.

  • Once you begin intaking solid food, not forget chewing your food properly and eat bite by bite. Wait for 2-3 minutes after swallowing and putting the next morsel in your mouth because your digestive system will not be strong enough to digest steaks or chunks of meat, if not chewed properly.
  • While eating, avoid drinking any fluids as they will make you feel full sooner than you have consumed adequate food. And moreover, such consumption can cause vomiting or dumping syndrome, and can also make you feel hungry earlier after a meal.
  • Avoid eating desserts and other items made of sugar, in case they contain over 3 to 5 grams per serving size.
  • Donít take carbonated or aerated drinks, milk shakes, fatty foods, high-calorie nutritional supplements and foods having no nutritional value.
  • Donít consume alcohol in any form.
  • Avoid munching between the meals.
Going Back to Work after Weight Loss Surgery

The ability to pick up where you left off, before surgery levels of work, entirely depends on your physical condition, the nature of work and the type of weight loss surgery you underwent. After laparoscopic gastric bypass, nearly all patients get back to their work within 1 to 3 weeks while people who undergo an open procedure take about six weeks.

Birth Control and Pregnancy

The women of childbearing age are strongly recommended to use the most effective forms of birth control, during the first 16 to 24 months after bariatric surgery. It is really important so as to prevent fetal damage, during any stage of pregnancy.

Long-Term Follow-Up after Weight Loss Surgery

The short-term effects of bariatric surgery have been dealt with, but the long-term effects are still need to be discussed. It is important to keep a check on nutrition and body system. Depending on your diet after surgery, nutritional deficiencies may occur over the years. And eventually, you are required get check-ups done periodically for Anemia, Vitamin B12, Foliate and Iron Levels. Follow-up tests will be done yearly in any case and more frequently, if specified.

Plastic Surgery Procedure after Weight Loss Surgery

Majority of the patients, who undergo this surgery, lose a lot of weight. However, there are other problems that come along with this surgery. Patients, at times, are left with heavy flab and loose muscles. For such situations, bariatric plastic surgery procedures or lipoplasty (liposuction) is a technique that can bring back the normal shape to the body. Itís done to enhance looks, appearance and confidence. Moreover, this surgery is not easy and frequently entails exchanging one cosmetic problem (like loose skin) for another (could be scars). It is always preferable to seek advice from your surgeon before going for any treatment.

Old 14-Sep-2009
Re: Life After Weight Loss Surgery

very useful info

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