What is Bariatric Surgery?
Diet and exercise alone often fail to give effective results for extreme and excessive obesity. In such cases, Bariatric surgery is an operation that is performed to help such people to remove excessive fat. Bariatric surgery is usually recommended only when diet and exercise haven’t worked. There are some medical check-ups that one needs to go through so that doctors become sure if they are eligible for the surgery. Studies suggest that Bariatric surgery can lower death rates for those suffering from severe obesity. This surgery must be followed with healthy habits, controlled eating, and lifestyle changes.
5 Tips for Speedy Bariatric Surgery Recovery
Post-Bariatric surgery, you have to carefully opt for a better lifestyle to get better results and a speedy recovery. Here are 5 such tips for you to help you maximize the recovery process.
Go for a Healthier Diet
Sugary and fatty foods are high in calories, as getting a sugary bite does not just maximize your calorie limit but also may cause physical reactions to take place as your body tries to keep away the unwanted sugar. Some of the foods that need to be avoided are sweet desserts, buttery or fatty snacks, red meat, and white bread. Additionally, you should always keep yourself away from the habits of consuming alcohol and soda that are generally unhealthy with all the empty calories and complex compositions.
Stay Active and Avoid Exhausting Activities
Of course, you are not expected to go for a marathon after surgery to keep yourself active. In the first week after the weight loss surgery, staying active means a little bit of walking and changing positions even when you are resting, as it will improve the blood circulation and help you get better real soon. Climbing stairs is also encouraged as it will prevent blood clots in the legs. You should also continue the breathing and other mild exercises recommended by your doctor. The simplest activity of walking around the house will greatly benefit in soothing the inflammation and post-surgery soreness in the body. And as you get better day by day, you can adopt more healthy exercises to keep yourself in shape.
You have to avoid lifting anything heavy, doing any push or pull motion activities for the first three to six weeks after surgery. The wait for getting back to a fully normal work-life can increase up to three months for those who still carry some extra weight.
Listen to Your Body
We often don’t read the signals of our bodies. Foods can be tempting, but we all know if those tempting foods are good for us or not. After the surgery, you need to be honest with your body, and in the long run, too, eat only when you are hungry, stop eating when you are full. Make sure to be on a light diet and eat slowly. It would be best if you also ask your surgeon to recommend some food supplements that will fill up the essential nutrients in your daily diet.
You may feel weak, tired, and nauseated for the first couple of weeks after Bariatric surgery. It’s always essential to drink enough water to keep yourself healthy. Try drinking water in frequent small sips, which will help your body to absorb it effectively. Dehydration can be a common problem post-surgery and can damage your hair, skin, vision, and more. That’s why it is extremely important to feed your body with enough water daily (at least 1.5 to 2 liters). But remember you should avoid drinking water half an hour before and after a meal so that your body can absorb the nutrients well.
Be Consistently Committed
Above all, your need to be realistic about planning the life after surgery and stick to your weight loss goals in order to achieve not only a speedy recovery but also a good and healthy life. After all, overcoming obesity requires a life-long commitment and the adoption of better health habits.
While maintaining the above-mentioned tips, you should also follow the proper instruction for taking a bath, read about the experiences of other patients to understand the do’s and don’ts, take the help of someone to use the washroom, keep your post-surgery follow-up appointments, and maintain personal hygiene.
And remember, it’s never too early to get more knowledge about speeding up your recovery and maximizing your weight loss results. When you start adopting the post-surgery habits before your surgery, it will become easier for you to maintain the same after the Bariatric surgery.