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Life After Weight Loss Surgery

Life After Weight Loss Surgery

For some, weight loss surgery is a positive step towards living a healthier, more active life. But it’s important to know that other life adjustments must be made in addition to the surgery to make sure it continues to make an impact on your life long after you’ve recovered! Brilliant aftercare is also an essential aspect of ensuring your weight loss is long-term and will help you in the unlikely event that something should go wrong after surgery. If you are at the stage of considering weight loss surgery, then understanding how your life will change should help you decide whether it is the right option for you. Here are some of the key life changes that you may notice after having a weight loss procedure:

Your diet after weight loss surgery

Following surgery, you will be limited to a liquid or soft food diet in the first few weeks. Gradually you will be able to move back to solid foods, fully resuming your new balanced diet around six-to-eight weeks post-surgery. You will need to be cautious with what you eat in the first stages; avoiding alcohol, sugary or fatty foods and limiting your caffeine intake. Your diet should include daily doses of lean, protein-rich foods.

The transition from liquid to solid foods should be gradual as your stomach gets used to the changes. Your dietician will go through these essential details with you and provide you with a unique diet plan. There are a number of different recommendations you may need to follow:

  • You may be advised to keep your meals small, eating several small meals rather than any large ones
  • Your dietician may advise you to eat and drink slowly and chew your food thoroughly
  • You may be asked to stick to a diet high in protein, and low in fat and sugar
  • You may be required to take vitamins and supplements as a consequence of your body absorbing fewer nutrients after surgery (your dietitian will advise you further if this is the case)

Exercising after weight loss surgery

Exercise is essential for weight-loss patients wishing to achieve long-term weight-loss success and a healthier, well-rounded lifestyle. After your weight loss surgery, you will be asked to get back on your feet and to move around as soon as you possibly can – taking several short walks or even exercises from your bed. Although, it is important that you do not overdo yourself. If you have any questions about exercises you should be doing after weight loss surgery, your surgeon or dietician will be happy to help you.

Adjusting to life after weight loss surgery

You might suffer emotional side effects as a result of weight loss surgery. As you learn the ropes and get to grips with your new lifestyle, you may find yourself experiencing light symptoms of anxiety, low moods and have trouble sleeping.

On the flip side, you may also start to feel more confident – positively affecting areas of your life such as your personal life, relationships, career and how you feel about daily life.

No matter what you are feeling, know that you can discuss any of these new feelings with your nurses and dedicated weight loss team at any time.

Appointments after weight loss surgery

To ensure that you are coping well with the adjustments to your life, you will be provided with a comprehensive aftercare service. This includes follow up appointments for the rest of your life, with up to six years of these being with the surgeons and nurses at The Hospital Group and after that, you will see your GP for regular check-ups.

Attending these appointments is a vital part throughout your weight-loss journey, as you will need support and advice to ensure you are fulfilling all your health and dietary needs. There are a few possible (however unlikely) risks that come with having weight loss surgery, including:

  • Blood clots
  • Wound infections
  • Gastric band slipping out of place
  • Leaks in the gut and blocked gut
  • Malnutrition
  • Gallstones

For a more detailed explanation of all the potential risks that come alongside weight loss surgery, view the article here.

When choosing a provider for your weight loss surgery, you should ensure they offer an excellent aftercare support package as this is a crucial part of achieving long-term weight-loss and staying healthy throughout your recovery. Find out more about the extensive six-year aftercare package that The Hospital Group provides, or call us on xxx for more information.

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