Very often, when we talk about weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, we focus on results and what a patient can expect post surgery. However, it’s also important to consider what goes into preparing prior to weight loss surgery. Promising candidates for weight loss surgery are inspired to transform their lives and they accept the responsibility of making the necessary long-term lifestyle changes. A patient’s willingness to work hard before weight loss surgery can be used to gauge how hard he or she will work after the procedure.
• Prior to recommending weight loss surgery, doctors and other healthcare professionals must be convinced that a patient is not only physically, but also mentally prepared for such a procedure and the life changes that come along with it.
• In preparation for weight loss surgery, a patient will often be prescribed a restricted diet and asked to follow an exercise program.
• A patient will be required to stop smoking and drinking alcohol.
• Doctors will consider whether or not a patient should continue to take his or her current medications.
• In an effort to prepare emotionally, a patient is often advised to seek out a support group to attend.
• A patient should prepare in advance for eating after surgery. He or she will need to learn strategies for shopping, preparing food, eating and exercising during the different stages of weight loss surgery recovery.
• Other specific preparation details include lining up family or friends to lend a helping hand after surgery. A patient’s ability to drive and do other everyday tasks will be limited during the early days of recovery.
Are you ready to change your life? To learn more about weight loss surgery at St. Petersburg General Hospital, visit us online or call our certified bariatric registered nurse at 727-341-4869. She is your personal weight loss support system. She can answer all of your questions and will be with you every step of the way.