Understanding Bariatric Surgery Outcomes: What to Expect Post-Procedure 

Are you aware of what happens in a month after weight loss surgery? If you don’t know, you should. Your body experiences certain symptoms and tries to recover and adapt to the changes made to the body. So, you need to follow the doctor-prescribed diet plan and medications to avoid severe complications and side effects. Learn what changes you notice in your body after bariatric surgery and tips that help you to stay on track in this article. Log on to https://bariatricbrooklyn.com/ know more about weight loss surgery.

What changes do you see?

The first month after bariatric surgery is considered a golden time after the surgery because the patient’s body is recovering and adapting to the changes that were made to their body. You need to take enough rest to strengthen your immune system and restore physical strength. In this period, you may notice many changes in your body and diet including:

  1. In 1st week:

For the first few days after your surgery, you need to stay in the hospital so that all your vital signs and health status can be regularly monitored. When your condition gets stable, you get discharged.

Now when you come home, you need to manage your pain with prescribed painkillers. Walking or some light physical activity can also help to reduce your pain. Your surgeon also guides you on what activity levels you should keep during the first days after the surgery. The patient should also visit the surgeon’s office after discharge from the hospital, during the first week to check his/her progress.

In this 1st week, you are only allowed to consume clear liquids. You may experience a weight loss of between 2 to 6 kg. You need to keep yourself hydrated all the time and avoid beverages like alcohol, carbonated, and caffeinated drinks. Besides that, you need to quit smoking because it can be harmful to your condition.

  1. In the 2nd week:

During the 2nd week, your body is getting stable, and you get used to your new diet. However, you need to visit your bariatric surgeon and nutrition team to get guidance to make some changes in your diet.

Now the intake of protein will increase, however, you cannot consume sugar and fatty foods. Walking should be continued this week too with an increase in its duration. Depending on your body’s recovery and diagnosis, your surgeon may recommend some light sports too.

  1. In the 3rd week:

In the 3rd week, you may notice a significant improvement in your energy and health levels. Your diet continues to be the same, however, your protein, supplements, and nutrients will be increased to fulfill the requirements of your body. However, eating high-fat or sugar-containing foods is still forbidden this week too.

But you can increase your physical activity by introducing yoga and strength exercises in your schedule with your walking or stretching exercises. However, intense exercise is still prohibited.

  1. In the 4th week:

This week you can return to your normal routine. As a month has passed since your surgery, your body is almost adapted to changes made in your digestive system. After this week, you can start exercising and normal healthy eating habits.

Guidelines and tips

Here are some tips that help you to stay on the right track to manage your health:

  • Use a blender, mixer, or food processor to make pureed foods.
  • Learn to distinguish the difference between hunger (physical need) and appetite (mental/emotional).
  • Eat and chew slowly.
  • Avoid concentrated sugars.
  • Don’t overeat, as your stomach will stretch in time and stabilize in size.
  • Avoid non-nutrient calories.
  • Avoid dehydration by drinking water in sips or drinking low-calorie versions of Gatorade.
  • Avoid trans and processed fats.
  • Avoid eating and drinking at the same time.
  • Talk to your doctor about what vitamin supplements you should take and when.
  • Build movement in your life by doing some small activities such as walking, swimming, dancing, and yoga.
  • Avoid alcohol to prevent its side effects.
  • Avoid medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) because they can reduce your stomach’s natural protective layer.

If you need advice regarding weight loss surgery, or want to learn more about types of bariatric surgery like Gastric sleeve surgery, Laparoscopic surgery, Gastric bypass surgery, Sleeve gastrectomy, or LAP band surgery? Call us on 13473845690 to get a consultation from us. Doral Health and Wellness has one of the best bariatric doctors and surgeons to treat obesity and weight problems. Book your appointment and walk in at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11212.