What To Do After Weight Loss Surgery

After your weight loss surgery, you will be able to tell that you are experiencing something that will change the way you look and feel forever. This is a chance to change for the better-not only for your looks, but for your health as well. 

In order to make your surgery a success, you need to follow all of the orders that your doctor gives you. Some of the instructions you will get will help your body digest the food better and will help you get up and around slowly and carefully.  

The following are all things that you should expect to hear from your doctor after your weight loss surgery.

Moving around right after surgery.

There is no doubt that you will experience some pain and discomfort after your surgery. However, your doctor will want to see that you are able to get up and move around before you are sent home.  

After you have recovered from the anesthesia, the doctor will most likely ask that you get up and move at least a little before going home. You will probably start off by walking around your hospital room and once the doctor sees that you are able, you are one step closer in going home. 

Once you are home, you will be expected to walk around your house several times a day. This will not only give you a little exercise, but it will also ensure that you are recovering from your surgery. 

Getting assistance and help.

After you get home from your surgery, you will need to make sure that you have someone there that can help or assist you for a few days. It is a good idea to have someone that can help you get up when you should, make sure that you are taking the right medications and to help drive you to and from appointments for a few weeks. You will also want to get help preparing your meals in the right portions, helping you dress and help you bath and shower. 

Driving.

As mentioned above, you will need help getting to and from appointments after your surgery. Your doctor will probably recommend that you do not drive for two to three weeks after surgery. He or she will also tell you to refrain from strenuous activities for at least six to eight weeks. After this time is over, and the doctor is certain you have recovered, you will probably be allowed to return to your normal day to day activities. 

Changing the way you eat

After your surgery, it is imperative that you follow your doctor’s orders on how much food and what type of foods you can eat. For the first few days, you will be on a liquid only diet and then will be able to add back in bland soft foods little by little. 

You will also want to change how you eat. Not following the directions on how to eat after surgery can cause to you have vomiting and severe pain. 

You will be told to try the following when you eat,

  1. Chew food slowly.
  2. Consider eating meat that is ground or pureed. 
  3. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, but not during meals. 
  4. Eat a variety of food that focuses mainly on fresh fruit and vegetables. 
  5. Eat only lean meats. 
  6. Avoid alcohol if possible.
  7. Avoid refined and processed foods. 
  8. Take your daily vitamins and supplements. 
  9. Eat several small healthy meals each day. 
  10. Wait a couple of minutes between each bit to make sure that you are not over eating. 
  11. Avoid foods with sugar and high fat content. Avoid non diet soda, baked goods, milk shakes and juices. 

As you can see, weight loss or bariatric surgery will not fix your problem alone. You must take the time and make the commitment to make the changes necessary to find success. 

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