The recovery period for a patient who has undergone bariatric surgery is of paramount importance. It is a delicate stage wherein a close monitoring is required to ensure there are no complications to a bariatric patient’s health. This is, in fact the biggest reason why Bariatric surgeons prefer keeping their patients under close observation. In the absence of a surgeon’s guidance, complications including dehydration, hernias, stomach leakage and others may occur. Hence, proper patient maintenance is required post the surgery.
Once the patient is out of the hospital, it is crucial for patients to take care of themselves. Conforming to the surgeon’s advised bariatric diet is the first and foremost step in that direction. Patients should remember to avoid consumption of large meals and refrain themselves from binge eating that can result in the expansion of the fragile stomach. However, it is not a permanent situation. As the patient slowly and steadily makes recovery, they gradually progress from clear liquid diet to soft diet and then normal diet. To gain better results, patients should consume smaller meals at regular intervals in the day. These meals should be rich in proteins and in softer texture.
Secondly, in order to compensate for the nutrients in the body, patients should incorporate the consumption of necessary vitamins and minerals in the daily diet. Adopting and accepting the habit of these nutrient supplements will ensure better weight loss and health outcomes post bariatric surgery.
Now this is important, exercise is something everyone should do. Whether or not you’ve undergone bariatric surgery is secondary. In case of bariatric surgery, regular physical exercise can majorly contribute in escalating the slow metabolic rate and keep that momentum going stronger. Your metabolic rate is the rate at which your body burns its energy or stored fat.
When beginning with the physical regime, it is always advised to start off with a mild routine in the first few weeks. In most cases, patients are encouraged to walk on the first day of the bariatric surgery itself. Bariatric patients should look at adopting going for walks and light stretching exercises to begin with that can be maintained on a regular basis.
Weight loss surgery changes the way a body functions, hence, it is important to adjust to changes according the changes in the body. Incorporating these changes into your lifestyle are highly beneficial for long term health goals. Bariatric surgery is the optimal head start to a journey of weight loss and a healthy life.