7 Pre-Surgical Ways to Improve Weight Loss Surgery Success
Bariatric surgery is a huge step on any weight-loss journey; for many patients, it can be their first chance at permanent weight loss. A patient’s pre-op behavior can maximize the success of a bariatric procedure – whether it’s the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, or a gastric balloon.
To help improve your rate of weight-loss success, we’ve created this checklist you can follow before your procedure!
Research your surgery.
We know that undergoing a bariatric procedure is a big deal. It can improve patients’ lives, but it is also a lifelong commitment that requires major routine changes. It can be daunting to navigate all the information available in books and online.
Luckily, the best information comes from the surgeons themselves. They know the ins and outs of the procedures and can explain what patients need to do to maximize their safety and success. Our doctors are the best of the best and are more than happy to answer any questions at one of our free informational seminars. Register for one today.
It’s no secret that smoking exposes people to a myriad of health issues, but it also increases the risk for complications during and after surgery. Whether you’re scheduled for a procedure or not, it’s best to stop smoking right away!
However, living tobacco-free is a process. We recommend quitting completely at least 3 months prior to your procedure to give your body time to adapt to the changes.
Switch up your meal schedule.
After a bariatric procedure, you won’t be able to eat large portions anymore; your stomach capacity will be greatly reduced, and you’ll need to eat more frequently to get your daily value of vitamins and nutrients. The best way to get used to these new changes is to start practicing before your procedure.
Your day should consist of 3 main meals with two smaller snacks in between. Avoid eating 4 hours before bed and focus on new foods – your diet should consist of lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables, while decreasing consumption of fatty foods.
Track what you eat.
Knowledge is power prior, before AND after surgery. Keeping track of eating habits is a great way to be active in developing even healthier habits. By recording what you eat and drink, you will know when and where you need to make improvements towards living a healthier lifestyle.
Being consistent in tracking, will help you stay focused on your goals and ensure you’ll be able to hit them.
Make your mental health a priority.
Surgery can be stressful, even before the procedure has been performed – and after. Patients need to work hard, set their expectations, and be prepared to learn and grow along the way.
Because lifestyle changes can cause struggles, we recommend that patients have a strong support system of family and friends. These are people who can help you physically as well as emotionally. They’ll pick you up when you’re down, keep you motivated, and help you remember why you began this journey!
Studies show that support and a positive attitude will boost your health and quality of life.
Start a good workout routine.
The best time to start exercising is right now! Consistent physical activity – no matter how small – can have profound effects on the body. It can provide you with more energy as well as boost your mood; working out releases endorphins which help you feel more positively throughout the day.
So why wait? We even have some tips to help you get started.
Listen to your surgeon.
The best advice we can give is to follow the instructions of your surgeon. They know the details of your procedure, inside and out, and what you as a patient need to be successful. Be sure to follow their tips and guidelines after you consult with them, and you’ll be on the right track.
At NYBG, patient success is always our #1 priority. Our surgeons are some of the most skilled and compassionate in the field of bariatrics. Our practice employs every person you’ll need to see before your surgery – get prepared for your procedure during one visit. See what we can do for you today: https://bariatric.stopobesityforlife.com/patient-journey/beginning-your-journey/