How to Prepare for Bariatric Surgery
Having performed thousands of procedures, Dr. Jacqueline Osuna knows how to ensure the best possible bariatric surgery results. During a complete consultation, she will help you choose the right type of procedure and explain how to prepare for bariatric surgery at her Guadalajara and Tijuana, Mexico, offices. Among the most important considerations are arranging to take time off from work, and finding a caregiver who can assist you during the initial recovery period. You should also make adjustments to your diet before your surgery. These modifications can help you lose a larger amount of weight, and they can reduce your risk for post-surgical complications. When you follow Dr. Osuna’s instructions closely, you could enjoy significant weight loss that will last for life.
Choosing and Planning Your Surgery
Dr. Osuna wants you to feel completely confident about your bariatric surgery. Therefore, she will schedule you for a complete consultation. After explaining each of your options in detail, she will help you choose the one that best suits your weight loss needs. She will also outline the likely results of each option so you will know what to expect after the surgery. Understanding the expectations can help you feel happier with your treatment outcome, and can also help avoid depression, which can sometimes occur after weight loss surgery.
It is important you begin to alter your diet before your surgery. You are likely to enjoy more dramatic results after your procedure if healthy new habits are already in place.
Changing Your Diet before Bariatric Surgery
It is important you begin to alter your diet before your surgery. You are likely to enjoy more dramatic results after your procedure if healthy new habits are already in place. Further, once you have undergone bariatric surgery, you are able to eat less, and your body will absorb fewer nutrients overall. Therefore, it is important to receive the proper vitamins and minerals beforehand. A large portion of your diet should consist of lean proteins and dairy products. Whole grains, fruits, and vegetables should make up the rest. You will also need to start taking multivitamins, iron, and calcium. During the initial recovery period, Dr. Osuna may recommend additional vitamin supplements. Be sure to stock up on healthy snacks and the appropriate supplements in advance.
Because your digestive system will change after surgery, you should also begin eating more slowly and thoroughly chewing each bite. You should not drink with meals, and you should avoid sodas entirely. After bariatric surgery, you should consume alcohol very rarely, so you should begin to cut back now.
Other Lifestyle Changes
Dr. Osuna uses minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques whenever possible, reducing healing time. Nevertheless, bariatric surgery is an extensive procedure, and you will need to allot several weeks to your recovery. Dr. Osuna can advise you about how long you should take off from work, based largely on the type of procedure you undergo. You should also find someone who can stay with you for a few days to help with daily tasks and food preparation.
In addition to planning for your recovery time, you can take steps to ensure faster healing:
- Stop smoking, as this can increase your risk for blood clots.
- Begin exercising, if possible. Even just 20 to 30 minutes of walking a day can help you begin to implement healthy changes. Physical activity can also speed the healing process.
- Find a support group or therapist. These individuals can help you confront food addictions, leading to more successful weight loss. They can also help you stay positive in the initial months after surgery.
Learn More about How to Prepare for Bariatric Surgery
Contact our office online to book a consultation, or call (619) 576-8287 or (333) 611-4474 to reach our Tijuana offices, or (331) 270-4839 to reach our Guadalajara office. We are happy to book a consultation and explain more about prepping for weight loss surgery.
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