Prepping for your Surgery Success.
• Success after bariatric surgery doesn’t just ” happen” by accident. It is the result of careful planning and work on your behalf. Of course it will also depend on an extremely skilled surgeon but your post-op success all will depend mostly on you.
• You can begin to organize yourself for weight loss and prevent regain long before your surgery date. Here are some ideas for building a super solid foundation that will make your bariatric surgery journey smoother and more satisfying.
Choose the right surgeon
If weight loss surgery is the tool, your bariatric surgeon is the one who makes the tool and gives it to you. You want a tool that is made precisely, ready to do the job, and built to last. Your surgeon needs to make the right cuts and place the band properly or make a tight, solid sleeve or pouch. So, look for a surgeon who is experienced and has a good track record of successful patients and low complication rates – don’t be afraid to ask!
•There’s more to choosing a surgeon than technical skills. Also, consider what else the surgeon will do for you. The right surgeon for you is willing to discuss your options and the procedure with you in a way that you can understand. You’re setting yourself up for extra challenges if you’re afraid to talk to your surgeon or your surgeon is unavailable.
Let’s talk about your post op diet.
Your diet is the mainstay to every part of the bariatric surgery journey. You will be given pre. op surgery guidelines before your bariatric surgery as an exam to make sure that you will follow the rules post-op. That’s also the pre-op liquid diet to shrink your liver for a safer surgery. Also for quicker healing and fewer side effects, you are going to have to follow the post surgery guidelines from liquids to pureed foods to solid foods. Last but not least, there’s the nutrition-dense, low-calorie, low fat diet to help you hit your weight loss goal and stay there.
Taking responsibility post op.
It’s great to depend on an excellent surgeon and complete healthcare team to walk you through surgery step by step. In a perfect world, your trusted surgeon would explain the options to you and recommend the best surgery for you, whether it’s the sleeve, band, bypass, or another choice. You’d go back for follow-up appointments and ongoing nutritional and psychological counseling.
• That doesn’t always happen in the real world, but that’s no excuse to give up. You can take responsibility for finding out the information you need to know about what to expect, how to prepare, and what comes next. With your own research you’re more likely to succeed.
Face the facts and be open minded.
Bariatric surgery isn’t all fun and games. You don’t leave the operating room thin. Weight loss can sometimes plateau. It may take you longer to get to goal weight than you thought it would.
• If you want to get to your goal weight and get healthy, you’ve got to make real changes. Your eating habits up until now are not going to get you to goal.
• It’s time to take a hard look at your current habits. Can you sneak some veggies into your diet? Can you retrain your brain to love them? Can you force down those protein shakes for a few weeks in exchange for a lifetime’s worth of better health?
You and only you have control over your own bariatric surgery destiny. Success with bariatric surgery depends on planning and hard work. The more you are involved and the more responsibility you take throughout the process, the better you can do.
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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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