It is of paramount importance to understand why the pre-surgery preparation phase is so vital for the success of your future operation and recovery, plus long term chance of success.
- You need to commit yourself diligently to the lifestyle changes necessary after surgery
By dieting, beginning an approved, medically-supervised exercise regimen, and generally improving your lifestyle habits, you are assuring your doctor that you are a good candidate for bariatric surgery. Also, you are ensuring your chances of long-term success.
- Getting in shape for surgery
Bariatric surgery requires that you be in the best possible physical condition you can possibly manage. The better you are at getting in shape, the less chance you’ll have problems during surgery, during recovery, and long after the operation is completed.
Stopping smoking at least 2 weeks before – part of goal towards a better health.
Preparing for Bariatric Surgery
Now that you know how you’re going to be spending your pre-surgery weeks, let’s see what’s in store for you in more detail. Here are the ways you’ll probably be instructed by your doctor to get ready for the Big Day.
- Start your diet
Some doctors will simply instruct you not to gain weight. However, most will require you lose a set amount of weight. It’s now more important than ever to show that you can stick to a healthy living plan. Plus, as we mentioned earlier, you need to be in tip top shape for surgery. A disciplined diet is an essential pre-requisite for the surgery.
Before surgery, you will be advised to:
- Quit smoking and discontinue the use of all tobacco and nicotine products as it may lead to delayed wound healing after the surgery.
- Drink more water and limit other beverages.
- Stay mentally and physically fit by focusing on your health.
- Not to eat or drink anything for 10-12 hours before surgery and have a light dinner because the stomach must be empty before anesthesia.
- Start exercising
Get a minimum of 10 minutes per day, as much as you can handle according to your health and your doctor’s recommendations.
- Sharing your medical history with the doctor
Your doctor should know all the medications you’re taking. It is also imperative that you share your complete medical history with the doctor. Also, if you are allergic to any kind of medication. Here are some important ones to mention:
- birth control
- blood thinners
Mention any herbal, traditional and vitamin supplements you’re taking, too. Even over-the-counter drugs should be mentioned.
- Realistic expectations
Having realistic expectations and allowing yourself time for recovery is another under-estimated game-changer. Bariatric surgery isn’t a miracle cure. Patients lose a lot of weight, but losing the last few kilos and maintaining the lost weight require effort and long term commitment.