What to Expect
There are certain steps you should take to ensure that both you and your
body are ready for surgery. These steps include:
- Start taking multivitamins daily to improve your general health.
- Take 500mg of calcium citrate two times daily. Vitamin and mineral intake
is especially important after bariatric surgery in order to maintain good
nutrition and health. If you start taking these supplements before surgery,
it is often easier remembering them after surgery.
- Another important way to prepare for surgery is exercise. The best time
to begin your exercise program is before your surgery. The sooner you
start exercising the easier it will be after you have had surgery. Success
with weight loss surgery is all about choosing the right habits, with
the support of the surgery to improve your success. Walking on a daily
basis improves your circulation and makes breathing easier during your recovery.
There are many things you will experience once you are home recovering.
Your activity will be restricted to non-strenuous activity for four weeks
after the operation. By four weeks after surgery you should be walking
for at least 30 minutes a day. Patients undergoing the laparoscopic method
are more frequently able to return to all activities within a shorter
period of time. You may be tired, weak and nauseated the first few weeks
after surgery. You may also be tired easily after activity, but try to
be as active as possible. Plan to walk as much as you can tolerate without
becoming too tired. Start with short walks, increasing the distance each
day. The more physically active you are, the more recovery is enhanced
and the more energy you will have.
How Your Diet Will Change
Maintaining proper nutrition after bariatric surgery is essential. Because
you will not be able to take in as much food as you would prior to surgery,
you must still be able to get proper nutrients in your body and stay hydrated.
Individuals should drink at least 64oz of fluid daily. In order to supplement
essential nutrients normally found in foods, patients should take a multivitamin,
calcium and vitamin D, iron, thiamin and zinc supplements. Women should
also aim to take in 60 grams of protein and men 80 grams. Your dietitian
is here for you to answer any questions you may have about nutrition following
If you have any questions about your recovery after surgery do not hesitate
to call your weight loss surgery team.