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What to Expect in Weight Loss Surgery

How Does Weight Loss Surgery Work?

There are several kinds of bariatric and metabolic surgeries. They work in the following ways:

  1. Limit your food intake so that you eat less and lose weight.
  2. Abstain your digestive system from absorbing the calories and nutrients.
  3. Use both of the given methods.

Weighing the Pros and Cons

Your doctor will screen you to check if you’re physically and mentally prepared for the surgery, as well as ready to commit to big changes– to keep the pounds off. Your doctor will make certain guidelines for you before the surgery, such as lose some pounds, quit smoking and to control your blood sugar level.

Preparing for Surgery

Your doctor will ask you to avoid aspirin or other products that have it, as well as herbal supplements, a week before your operation. You’ll eat and drink only clear liquids for 24-48 hours. You will receive general anesthesia during the surgery.

Eating After Weight Loss Surgery

At first, you’ll be on a liquid diet. After few weeks, you are to allowed eat solid foods. You’ll  work with the nutritionist who knows about your weight loss surgery to make your eating plan. You will eat small portions with fewer calories.Make sure you get sufficient nutrients, which means taking supplements.

Risks of Surgery

All surgeries carry some risk. But there are rarely serious problems in weight loss surgery. People who are at risk are the one who has a history of deep-vein thrombosis (blood clots), are older,  and are very obese. The best way to avoid any such complications is to do all your follow-up visits and follow your prescribed diet and lifestyle.

Supplements for Low Nutrient Levels

After malabsorptive weight loss operation, a lot of people don’t absorb  B-12, vitamins A, D, E, K, iron, calcium, copper, and other nutrients as they used to do. Supplements help you receive what your body wants and helps in preventing conditions such as anemia and osteoporosis. Consult your doctor which ones you need to take.  You must get the labs done routinely to make sure you are getting the vitamins and minerals.

Adjusting to Your New Life

You might feel different shades of emotions after the weight loss surgery. You can be happy or excited as you start losing weight. You can also feel frustrated or overwhelmed by the changes which you are going to make in your activity, diet, and lifestyle.  These small ups and downs is a normal thing. Consult with your doctor if something is bothering you or have any questions.

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