Surgery is not a magic cure for obesity and related diseases.
In order for surgery to be successful and weight loss maintained, diet, physical activity and behavioural strategies have to be employed. This takes time and effort which does require discipline and motivation.
It’s all about balance and we will strive to help you achieve it.
In the immediate post-operative period, your dietitian and or surgeon would have provided you with information regarding the Post Bariatric Surgery Diet (link to diet). This involves a gradual transition from liquids to pureed too soft to solid regular diet over a period of weeks following surgery. It is important to stay hydrated during this time of recovery.
Once recovered from surgery, healthy food choices are essential to maintaining weight loss. Protein rich foods and well as lifelong Vitamin Supplements are recommended. You should also be mindful about high calorie fluids and sweetened foods.
Your dietitian will be able to you with more detailed advice.
Regular physical activity is another essential component of successful long term weight loss. Abilities will differ between individuals and one should try to find what is comfortable and establish a regular routine – whether group based or individual; professionally supervised or self-supervised.Non weight bearing exercises in the pool is often a good idea for those with painful joints/ arthritis.
It would be preferable for you to stop smoking completely. You should stop smoking as early as possible before surgery as smoking significantly increases the risks of complications.
Alcohol contains significant calories and may work against your weight loss goals. Alcohol is absorbed more rapidly following gastric bypass and sleeve and may result in higher blood alcohol levels for a longer period after consumption. It is therefore recommended that alcohol be consumed with care.
Post-surgery follow-up is one of the most important elements of a successful weight loss programme. Follow-up after surgery helps you stay on track and stay focused.
Studies have shown that patients who have regular follow-up do better than those who don’t.
Long term medical follow-up is part of our multidisciplinary programme. This is essential as it allows any problems or concerns to be addressed as they surface.
Joining a support group to share and compare experiences can also be a great way to negotiate the many challenges of a weight loss journey.
Life after weight loss surgery is not always easy but with the appropriate planning, education and support, this journey can often be made a lot more enjoyable and fulfilling.