Recovering From Bariatric Surgery
Taking the step to have bariatric or weight loss surgery done is just half of the
battle. If you know that having bariatric surgery is right for you, then you are making an important first step in
realizing your weight loss goals. You know that you can do it and you are willing to make the changes necessary in
your life. After you have talked to your doctor and set a date, you should also take the time to learn more about
the recovery process following your surgery.
Why have surgery?
We have explored different reasons why people choose to have surgery, but the actual reasons why you
personally want to have this surgery may differ. When you take the time to pinpoint why you want to make that
change, you can then begin the process of recovering. If you are determined to lose weight to look and feel better,
then you will know that is your definitive goal. Some people choose to have surgery because they feel it is right
for them and will benefit their health. When you set these personal goals, it will give you something to look
towards during your recovery, both in the short and long term.
Planning your recovery.
Recovery from bariatric surgery, whether you are choosing the Lap-Band procedure or another
type of surgery, is not easy. It takes ample time, a lot of planning and patience to recover successfully.
Everything that you know about eating and your behavior will have to change. If you fail to make these changes from
the beginning, it will most likely mean that your weight loss surgery will fail.
As soon as you have made the choice to have weight loss surgery, you will need to plan both for the short term
and the long term. You will need to take special care in managing your weight loss surgery, the postoperative
treatment and follow up appointments and your diet and exercise plan. You will need to meet with your surgeon, but
also other health care providers such as a nutritionist that is trained to work with obese patients following
weight loss surgery and perhaps a therapist or counselor who can work with you on your eating behavior.
You will see right after surgery that the success of your surgery will depend on you making that commitment to
change your life, as well as working with the professionals that are trained and want to help you
succeed. With planning and work, you will find that you can transition quite well after bariatric
surgery into your new weight loss routine.