The weeks and days prior to this important turning point in your life can make such a positive impact on your health that it is actually the first step in your recovery.
- Lose at least a little weight. Many surgeons require that their surgical candidates lose weight just prior to surgery in an attempt to reduce the fatty composition of the liver. These surgeons usually recommend that you follow the typical post op diet focusing on low carbohydrate and high protein foods. Use this condition of your surgery as an opportunity to start developing good habits and mentally prepare for your surgery.
- Start drinking protein now. Use protein shakes to lose weight before your surgery and as a bonus nourish your body. People who are obese normally have nutritional deficiencies and now would be a good time to eat properly and give your body the protein components it will need to fully heal your wounds after your surgery. Don’t wait until you get home from the hospital to buy protein.
- Take a good multivitamin. Get ‘tuned up’ and healthy in preparation for your surgery and start taking vitamins in advance. You will be providing your body with all the nutrients it needs for healing and you want to give yourself every advantage that’s within your power.
- Get your mind right. Start thinking of all the exciting things that will unfold for you in exchange for all the hard work and determination. This surgery is not a walk in the park, but you can make the journey less traumatic by making the right choices starting now.
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Much success in your journey.
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
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