What you Need to Know about Weight Loss Surgery
Weight loss surgery is a life-changing experience. Obesity is a chronic disease that affects absolutely every part of your day to day life. It influences your ability to sleep, move and even think clearly. When you lose weight, you will experience improved physical health, enhanced mobility and improvements to your mental health, as well. However, these changes don’t happen on their own. Getting weight loss surgery is a huge step to take, but in getting your operation it is important that you keep in line with the directions of your bariatric surgeon.
Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery
As soon as you make the decision to get weight loss surgery, there are big and small changes that you can start working on in your life. Prior to your operation, you should evaluate your own habits and make changes as needed.
Some areas of your life that may require alteration prior to surgery include:
- Smoking habits: Smoking can increase your risk of post-surgical complication and is not a recommended practice for those pursuing weight loss surgeries. Attempt to quit smoking at least 30 days prior to your operation.
- Limit alcohol: While alcohol does not need to be permanently eliminated from your diet, it is not recommended during the early stages of your recovery period. Alcohol has high calorie and sugar contents and can interfere with your weight loss progress. Talk to your weight loss surgeon to determine when alcohol is safe to reintroduce to your diet.
- Nutrition habits: Prior to weight loss surgery, you should gradually begin adjusting your diet to one similar to that outlined by your weight loss surgeon as a healthy post-bariatric diet plan. You may also begin taking multivitamins at this time to help supplement your nutrient intake.
- Begin exercising: Starting with your new fitness habits prior to your weight loss operation allows for an easier transition to the post-bariatric lifestyle, and is even associated with faster recovery times.
In addition to these lifestyle habits, there are several other factors that you will need to address prior to your operation. You will need to have a family member at the hospital with you before and after your operation, and will require assistance getting home.
Once home, you should have someone staying with you or nearby to reduce your need to move as your body initially recovers and you cope with any post-operative pain. Be careful to follow Dr. Choi’s instructions as closely as possible. Whether you are in Miramar, Fort Lauderdale or Hialeah Dr Michael Choi’s staff is always available to answer any questions as you recover from your bariatric surgery.