following identifies areas that will be important for patients to follow
after weight loss surgery.
The modifications made to your gastrointestinal tract will require permanent
changes in your eating habits that must be adhered to for successful
weight loss. Post-surgery dietary guidelines will vary
by surgeon. You may hear of other patients who are given different guidelines
following their weight loss surgery. It is important
to remember that every surgeon does not perform the exact same weight
loss surgery procedure and that the dietary guidelines will
be different for each surgeon and each type of procedure. What is most
important is that you adhere strictly to your surgeon's recommended
guidelines. The following are some of the generally accepted dietary
guidelines a weight loss surgery patient may encounter:
When you start eating solid food it is essential that you chew thoroughly
will not be able to eat steaks or other chunks of meat if they are
not ground or chewed thoroughly.
Don't drink fluids while eating. They will make you feel full before
you have consumed enough food
Omit desserts and other items with sugar listed as one of the first
Omit carbonated drinks, high-calorie nutritional supplements, milk
shakes, high-fat foods and foods with high fiber content
Limit snacking between meals
Going Back to Work
Your ability to resume pre-surgery levels of activity will vary according
to your physical condition, the nature of the activity and the type
of weight loss surgery you had. Many patients return
to full pre-surgery levels of activity within six weeks of their procedure.
Patients who have had a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure may
be able to return to these activities within a week.
Birth Control & Pregnancy
It is strongly advised that women of childbearing age use the most effective
forms of birth control during the first 16 to 24 months after weight
loss surgery. The added demands pregnancy places on your body
and the potential for fetal damage make this a most important requirement.
Although the short-term effects of weight loss surgery are well understood,
there are still questions to be answered about the long-term effects
on nutrition and body systems. Nutritional deficiencies that occur over
the course of many years will need to be studied.
The widespread use of support groups has provided weight loss surgery
patients an excellent opportunity to discuss their various personal
and professional issues. Most learn, for example, that weight loss surgery
will not immediately resolve existing emotional issues or heal the years
of damage that morbid obesity might have inflicted on their emotional
well-being. Most surgeons have support groups in place to assist you
with short-term and long-term questions and needs. Most bariatric surgeons
who frequently perform weight loss surgery will tell you that ongoing
post-surgical support helps produce the greatest level of success for