Once a patient has made the decision to undergo weight loss surgery, there are some things they can do at home in preparation for the surgery that will make the operation easier, and less risky for the patient. Below are some suggestions that should be considered for peace of mind, and to reduce complications during surgery and post-surgery:
Learn About Weight Loss Surgery
Prior to making a decision, find out as much information as you can on the types of surgery you are considering. Read books, visit sites and open discussions on forums. Not only will your knowledge grow, but you will also discover support groups that can prove valuable before and after the surgery. Life Weight Loss offers free information sessions where you can discuss with our expert team, the benefits and considerations of our weight loss surgery programs.
It is advised that patients quit smoking, or using any kind of tobacco or nicotine related products 1-3 months ahead of surgery. This will enable a patient’s body to start repairing itself before surgery. Smoking can reduce a patient’s blood flow, which is detrimental to healing incisions made in the stomach, and preventing any leakage.
Make Changes to Your Diet
Sticking with the three main meals of the day, with one or two small snacks, will not only ensure the patient does not gain any more weight prior to surgery, but also help the body adapt to the change in eating capacity post-surgery. It’s best to try to increase proteins, fresh vegetables and fruits, while reducing or eliminating sugar and high-fat foods.
While it is part of the diet, an emphasis on drinking water needs to be made. It is in a patient’s best interest to identify, then limit or eliminate sources of liquid calories, such as soft drinks, alcohol, juice, energy drinks and coffee with milk and sugar. In fact, any caffeinated or carbonated drink should be removed from a patient’s diet prior to surgery completely.
Depending on a patients mobility limitations, it is highly recommended they start some form of exercise regime. The start only needs to be a small one, like a short walk or chair exercises, but making it consistent is the key. Any form of regular exercise will be better for a patient’s body than none at all, no matter how little it may seem.
These few preparation techniques can greatly assist with a patient’s surgery. It is always advised they speak with their surgeon for tailored advice, given their intimate knowledge of the patient’s history and their goals.
If you are looking at making a change to your life, start the first step by calling 1300 669 259, and organising your spot at our next information seminar where you can speak with our surgeon Dr. Durmush. Also in attendance are past patients who will be part of a Q&A session.
Alternatively, you can fill out our online enquiry form here, and we will be in contact with you as soon as possible.