Pre- operative Bariatric Surgery Preparation

Before undergoing bariatric surgery, you will have to begin initiating new behavioral changes to your lifestyle. These behavioral changes will lay the foundation for lifelong changes for the better you. Failure to show dedication to the necessary lifestyle changes can risk a patient’s ability to receive bariatric surgery. One of the biggest changes for people considering bariatric surgery other then initiating a healthy exercise routine is the necessary dietary lifestyle they must undertake.

The new diet helps to prepare your body for the surgery and get you more accustomed to what will be required out of you in your dedication to your eating habits. The new diet will also help you recover quicker and increase your weight loss rate. The pre-surgery bariatric diet will help you to reduce body fat, preserve and protect muscle tissues, and prepare you for the post-surgery diet lifestyle.

A preoperative bariatric diet will be started anywhere from 3 months to two weeks before the surgery depending on the type of surgery you are having and the amount of weight your surgeon is wanting you to lose prior to your bariatric surgery. The more weight you lose prior to the bariatric surgery the more you reduce your risks for serious complications associated with bariatric surgery. Weight loss also lessens the body fat in the abdominal region, which makes it easier for the surgeon to work as well as reduces the size of the liver. If a patient’s liver is too large the surgery may be postponed until sufficient weight is lost. The amount of weight a patient is required to lose prior to bariatric surgery is based off what type of procedure is being performed, how over weight they are, and over all general health. It can be up to 10% of their body weight to just 15 pounds. Your surgeon will determine what the appropriate weight loss is for you to lower the risks of any complications.

Pre operative Bariatric patients will be required to take protein supplements, decrease fat, sugar, and high carbohydrate food intake, stop smoking, avoid alcohol, and stop binge eating. Your surgeon may have you stop taking certain over-the-counter medications and prescription medications as well. By following the preoperative guidelines in place for bariatric surgery, you greatly reduce the risks of complications and get on a great start to a healthier new you. Bariatric surgery is not cosmetic surgery and carries some very significant health risks up to death. Everything you can do to ensure the best results from your bariatric surgery can only benefits you so give it the dedication it deserves.
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