One of the most important things to know about weight loss surgery is that it is only the first step along the path to losing weight and improving your health. It is definitely a major step, but only one of many in a life-changing journey. Several lifestyle adjustments will be necessary after weight loss surgery to ensure that you are not only experiencing safe weight loss, but also taking the dietary and health precautions necessary to achieve your goals while maintaining good nutrition and an effective fitness regimen. Fortunately, the program developed by Dr. James Parrish and our bariatric surgery team is comprehensive—we provide thorough follow-up care and access to aftercare services that can help you make changes in your lifestyle designed to make sure your treatment is a long-term success.
Immediately after your surgery you will begin the recovery process. The details of this process vary depending on the specific weight loss surgery procedure performed; however, the most significant dietary and lifestyle changes for patients typically start during this period. Adjustments to the amount of food and the types of food that you are used to will be required, and many patients will need to begin taking vitamin and nutritional supplements on a regular basis. Our bariatric nutritionist works closely with Dr. Parrish to develop a detailed plan that is best for your unique needs. We also provide dietary counseling services and support to ensure you develop healthy habits, a balanced diet, and ways to not only adjust the types of meals you eat, but also enjoy them!
In terms of fitness and exercise routines, these details vary among patients based upon their individual circumstances. For many patients, even just modest daily exercise—such as walks or other recreational activities—can be effective regimens. A member of our team can talk with you about ideas that can help you maintain a proper fitness program that is both appealing and fun. After your initial recovery period has ended and you are acclimated to your new dietary and nutrition requirements, we will still schedule occasional follow-up appointments to check on your progress and address any questions or concerns you may have. We will be there to assist you every step of the way.
Lifestyle changes after weight loss surgery are necessary to make positive steps toward better health and a slimmer body. The benefits of weight loss surgery also include the potential for reducing health conditions associated with severe obesity and significantly improving your overall health and daily life. Rest assured that we are in this together, and we have an entire team dedicated to assisting you navigate the adjustments required for successfully achieving your health and weight loss goals.
If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.