lifeaftersurgery

Life After Surgery

The bariatric procedure can successfully start patients on the road to recovery from clinically severe / morbid obesity, but surgery alone will not ensure long term success. In order to get done to long term healthy weight, patients must adjust their lifestyle. Patients should take personal responsibility for staying in control. Regular attendance for support group I’m proves patient compliancy with the recommendations for optimal weight loss and maintenance.

Expected Weight Loss

Weight Loss

Weight loss depends on various factors like the amount of excess weight, the type of surgery, and patient compliance. However, given the optimal situation, patients most patients lose more than half of their excess weight. A program of regular diet and exercise are very important for prompting and maintaining weight loss. Expected weight loss of around 55 – 75% of the excess weight is suggested from various studies. However, our series gives up to 85% excess weight loss on a regular basis due to the protocols followed in BAROS. An ideal patient should be losing an average of 5 – 8% excess weight every month.

GETTING BACK TO WORK

Work

Individuals can get back to their routine of work-life depending on the type of surgery performed and the speed of recovery. In most cases, the patient will be back on their feet within 2 – 3 days and regular physical activity with in one week, while in some cases it may take up to 2 weeks, especially in super obese patients with severe associated diseases like sleep apnoea and arthritis. Most of our patient will hit their work between 1 – 2 weeks. However, patients are recommended to restrain from heavy physically strenuous work for a period of 4 weeks until they get back to regular eating habits.

GETTING BACK TO WORK

Work

Individuals can get back to their routine of work-life depending on the type of surgery performed and the speed of recovery. In most cases, the patient will be back on their feet within 2 – 3 days and regular physical activity with in one week, while in some cases it may take up to 2 weeks, especially in super obese patients with severe associated diseases like sleep apnoea and arthritis. Most of our patient will hit their work between 1 – 2 weeks. However, patients are recommended to restrain from heavy physically strenuous work for a period of 4 weeks until they get back to regular eating habits.

EXERCISE & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Physical activity

Physical activity is a major contributor to weight loss. Muscle loss is a part of weight loss post bariatric surgery. Hence, it is mandatory to do physical activity daily to keep the muscle mass intact and toned. Addition of protein supplement is inevitable during the initial weight loss period to address this issue. Arresting muscle loss and toning will also give a more healthy look to the weight loss. It also helps tone your skin and can help in reducing skin sagging to a greater extent. In addition to weight management, high intensity training exercise also helps to gain muscle and maintaining a healthy metabolic. BAROS recommend physical activity 4 weeks after surgery once you get to eat normal diet and can manage good calories to burn.

BIRTH CONTROL AND PREGNANCY

pregnancy

Women opting for Bariatric surgery are suggested to use the best effective and foolproof methods for birth control for a period of 12 to 18 months post the surgery. As the medications may be less effective, a mechanical device can be used form contraception. Pregnancy and childbirth require a lot of nutritional intakes and this might not be possible immediately after the surgery. Once pregnant, bariatric nutritionist will be managing the mother’s nutrition for the entire period of pregnancy to address the possible nutrition issues through tailor-made diet and nutritional supplementations. Though difficult to manage, if pregnancy happens before the desired 18 months, BAROS ill recommend specialised care process during the entire pregnancy period.

BIRTH CONTROL AND PREGNANCY

pregnancy

Women opting for Bariatric surgery are suggested to use the best effective and foolproof methods for birth control for a period of 12 to 18 months post the surgery. As the medications may be less effective, a mechanical device can be used form contraception. Pregnancy and childbirth require a lot of nutritional intakes and this might not be possible immediately after the surgery. Once pregnant, bariatric nutritionist will be managing the mother’s nutrition for the entire period of pregnancy to address the possible nutrition issues through tailor-made diet and nutritional supplementations. Though difficult to manage, if pregnancy happens before the desired 18 months, BAROS ill recommend specialised care process during the entire pregnancy period.

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