What to Expect

Before Surgery

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.

After Surgery

Physical Activity

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 your surgery.

If you have any questions about your recovery after surgery do not hesitate to call your weight loss surgery team.