There’s no question that your gastric sleeve procedure will change your life. The health hazards resulting from excess body weight will quickly become a thing of the past, and as with any striking change, everything you can do to prepare yourself and your body will help your dramatic transition. Every bariatric surgery patient has his own unique challenges, as well as the common factors that all face. Here’s a list of 10 points to consider ahead of your procedure to help make the process easier, both mentally and physically.
1- Quit Smoking
Not only is smoking a threat to your overall health, but it also interferes with the healing process, and it could lead to fistulas – holes in your stomach – along the surgical incision. Gastric leaks are a serious complication to your bariatric surgery and usually require another surgery. Stop smoking at least 30 days prior to your procedure.
2- Follow Your Preoperative Diet
In preparation for your gastric sleeve procedure, the team at Healthy Life Bariatrics will help you with a modified eating plan ahead of your surgery. This includes both types of food that you’ll eat after your procedure, as well as post-surgery friendly eating habits. This includes taking small bites, chewing thoroughly, and sipping drinks rather than gulping.
3- Boost Your Activity
This is particularly urgent if you lead a sedentary life. Even light exercise, 30 minutes a day, can not only help you lose weight, but it can also improve the condition of your body to assist in recovery. There’s no need for intense routines. Extra walking and using stairs are two examples of simple ways to boost your lung capacity, important for avoiding respiratory complications during and after surgery.
4- Clear Your Kitchen
Rid your cupboards and pantry of soft drinks, chocolate, potato chips and other salty snacks, candy, and flour products. Your Healthy Life Bariatrics caregivers will go over the foods you can and can’t have after surgery. Getting rid of these prior to your procedure reduces potential temptation and prepares you for the transition to the liquid diet that typically follows during the first stages of recovery.
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5- Re-stock for Recovery
Many of the liquid meals you’ll be consumed immediately after your surgery are non-perishable, so once you’ve made room in your pantry, start stocking up on the supplies recommended to you by me and your support team at Healthy Life Bariatrics. We can advise on products and quantities.
6- Give Your Complete Medical History
Provide me with all your medical records, medications, and medical history. This includes things such as recreational drug and alcohol use. There’s no need to be embarrassed or to hide such use. It’s critical knowledge to avoid complications. We’re here to help you, not judge you.
7- Take Only the Right Medication
One reason your complete history is important is for adjustments to your medications. I may ask you to discontinue some or all of these if they have the potential to create complications after surgery. It may be necessary to locate liquid or chewable versions of these medications immediately after surgery when pills are not recommended.
8- Get Your Mind in the Game
Learn all you can about your gastric sleeve procedure before surgery. Understanding the process helps you navigate into the unknowns of surgery and recovery. We can help answer your questions and direct you to appropriate research materials.
9- Plan Life in Advance
At least two weeks ahead of your surgery, confirm that you have your life preparations in order, things like daycare arrangements, time off work, and any support services or transportation you may need. Organize your house for your recovery to make post-op life easier.
10- Control Your Expectations
Results from gastric sleeve surgery are dramatic and, in a medical sense, quite rapid. However, when you’re in the depths of recovery, things may seem as though they’re stretching forever. If you do the preparation, you’ll know what to expect, you’ll be aware of possible setbacks, and you’ll know how recovery should proceed. It’s important to be mindful of that when time starts to drag. Keep your end goals in mind: that trip you’ll take or the activity you’ll resume. The time you spend recovering will seem well worth it – and much shorter – in the end.