23 Feb How to have a successful post surgery experience
Weight-loss surgery has been shown to be very effective at producing significant and sustained weight-loss. There are several different weight-loss operations that are currently available that can lead to this desired result but how do we determine a successful surgery experience.
If you have a specific goal of losing an exact amount of pounds from WLS, then you may not think you’ve “succeeded” if you lose any less than your goal. You may wonder if it was a waste of time for you to have undergone surgery. However, if you see “success” as being an improvement in your health conditions, then you may be very pleased that your diabetes improves and you no longer need to take high blood pressure medicine. If you see “success” as a reduction in pain, improvement in range of mobility, or more energy to play with your kids, then you may also be pleased.
In order to obtain the most out of your surgery it’s important to be prepare for the change and keep in mind that your attitude is the key of success after any bariatric procedure.
Achieve your goals after a Bariatric Surgery
- WLS Is Not A Quick Fix
It is important to keep in mind that a weight loss surgery is not a quick fix. Some patients view a Bariatric surgery as a quick exit, when in reality it’s a long process that takes dedication from the patient. Our stomach is a muscle and that means it can stretch. After the procedure the patients stomach it’s reduced and thats means they need to limit their food intake, especially by eating smaller portions. If the patient eats larger portions than the stomach can hold, it is possible that it will stretch. Causing the individual to regain all the weight they have lost and even more.
- Use Your WLS As A Tool
As mentioned before the weight loss surgery does not work on its own. These procedures require an important commitment to change a person’s lifestyle. Use The WLS as a tool to help achieve real weight goals and expectations makes the process effective. The surgery on its own does not make the whole work it is important to complement the process with new eating behaviors, incorporate physical activity into your life, if you don’t already, take vitamins to prevent malnutrition, if prescribed, and especially keep your appointments at your bariatric clinic to regulate your process.
- Take Care About Yourself
After a bariatric surgery your whole body and mind will go through a dramatic change. This surgery takes a long process that it’s not just physical, your body and mind will change drastically. Dedicate time on yourself, find ways to reduce and manage stress that don’t involve eating, take care of you by getting enough sleep and rest when you need it, spend time with social support.
- Be Patient, it takes time
It’s important to recognize that a WLS it’s a process that it does not start and end the day of the surgery. Be kind and patient with yourself. Recognize that any change is difficult and it takes time. Everyday will count and eventually will make the process easier. Day after day you will experience and incorporate new habits into your daily life, it is impossible to change all your eating, exercise at once. Take your time to adapt your new lifestyle, remember practice makes perfect!
- You have the control not a WLS
A Weight Loss Surgery won’t stop you from eating, the control is in your hands. It is commonly mistakenly thought that going through a bariatric surgery and reducing the size of the stomach means they will automatically switch to a healthy food diet. Even though your stomach is the size of an egg, that won’t automatically make you comply with the food/eating requirements. You have to commit, as best as you can, to the changes it requires. Your stomach won’t do it for you.
- Listen To Your Body
Before and after a bariatric surgery it’s really important to pay attention to your body. Start before the surgery, ask yourself “Am I full? Wait, I feel stuffed. Am I hungry? Wait, I hear my stomach growl.” If you start practice before the surgery it will become easier noticing if you’re eating because you are really hungry or just because you feel angry, bored or stressed. These cues are essential to pay attention to. They are your internal guideposts to understanding your body.
- Seek Support
I consider the social support as the most important part of the post surgery recovery. This is a life changing process that surely will bring a difficult time to the patient while adapting to their new habits and way of living. Stress is the body’s response to change, a WLS surely means a huge change. It’s really important to have people who support you through the process in positive and negative moments. Social support is essential to adapt to a new life, having people to lean on to help you navigate these big changes and listen to the challenges you may face will make the whole process easier.
- Recognize Your Body Will Go Through Changes
Be prepare mentally for the future changes, so it doesn’t surprise you, may help you adjust to this. After a bariatric surgery, there are many important changes such as the amount of food your stomach can handle or even the way your body will change after all the weight loss. At the moment you decide to take the step and go through the procedure keep in mind that your body and life will change completely. Prepare mentally, so you can do what is needed to maintain
your own self-esteem and motivation.
Success means different things to each of us. The measure of success isn’t limited to the scale. Recognize the changes you’ve made and celebrate your own definition of success.